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23 Jul 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third General Assembly
Interactive Dialogue
on Responsibility to Protect (AM)

Concept Should Remain 'Important Aspiration', President Says, Calling on States to Fix 'Broken' Collective Security System

Vowing to break the world's paralysis in the face of mass atrocities typified by the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge killing fields and the Rwanda genocide, delegates in the General Assembly grappled today with how -– and whether -– to implement the responsibility to protect (R2P) doctrine, during a half-day informal interactive dialogue.

23 Jul 2009 description

With the General Assembly holding its first ever thematic debate on the responsibility to protect populations from genocide or other war crimes, a diverse panel of academics struggled today during a press conference to find common ground on how the concept, seen by some developing nations as a Western ploy to meddle in their domestic affairs, could ever be fairly or effectively applied.

30 Jun 2009 description
report Harvard University

Among weapons used in armed conflict, rape and other forms of sexual violence are especially pernicious. They can inflict severe physical pain and suffering, as well as deleterious long-term emotional and psychosocial consequences for the individual survivor-victim and for his or her community. While military codes since at least the fourteenth century have outlawed rape, until relatively recently rape committed during conflict was conceived of as an inevitable, if unlawful, consequence of war.

29 Oct 2008 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6005th Meeting (AM & PM)

Hears 50 Speakers in Day-Long Debate on 'Women and Peace and Security',
Reaffirms Commitment to Implementation of Resolutions 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008)

After a day-long debate on "Women, peace and security", in which more than 50 speakers participated, the Security Council today issued a strong condemnation of all violations of international law committed against women and girls during and after armed conflicts.