An historic international agreement that rape during war is a grave breach of the Geneva Convention was announced in London by UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague today!
( The Rt Hon William Hague MP First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs / picture from the gov.uk website)
The Standard reports that Hague said:
“Our goal must be a world in which it is inconceivable that thousands of women, children and men can be raped in the course of a conflict, because an international framework of deterrence and accountability makes it impossible,”
(I am copy-and pasting here…since all my thoughts on this are in the article!)
“This declaration is a milestone in that effort, and a turning point in our collective history.” Today’s full agreement includes four major steps towards wiping out a “culture of impunity” shielding the perpetrators of rapes in conflict zones: Declaring it a breach of the Geneva Convention as well as a war crime gives responsibility to G8 nations to seek out and prosecute perpetrators.”
Aljazeera yesterday had an op ed on the G8 decision. It’s by Leymah Gbowee and Jody Williams – Women breaking the G8 iron door