Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in ConflictThe Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place at ExCel London on 10 – 13 June 2014. Foreign Secretary William Hague co-chaired the summit with Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The aim of the Summit was to take practical action to improve the lives of victims and to establish best practice for obtaining witness testimony of sexual violence in conflict. The Summit welcomed over 100 countries and over 900 experts, NGOs, survivors, faith leaders, and international organisations from across the world that share our commitment to end sexual violence in conflict. British Embassies and High Commissions around the world took part in parallel events to coincide with the Summit. It was the biggest global meeting on this issue ever convened.

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Sexual Violence Against Ethnic Minorities During the Khmer Rouge Regime

research-report CDP has released its latest research report, finding considerable evidence of sexual violence perpetrated against Vietnamese, Khmer Krom and Khmer Islam or Cham peoples during the Khmer Rouge regime.  The launch of the report on 2 June 2014 received considerable press attention, including articles in:

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Court probes sexual violence under Khmer Rouge

German broadcaster, GW, has posted an article about the international co-prosecutor at the ECCC calling for the Office of Investigations to examine allegations of serious sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-79 rule. The potential widening of the scope of the prosecution of cases at the ECCC reflects research findings about sexual violence that took place during the regime. This move by the international prosecutor comes at a time when there is increasing international concern with addressing sexual violence in conflict.

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Prosecutor Seeks Case 004 Rape Investigation

The Cambodia Daily 25 April 2014Published by The Cambodia Daily on 25 April 2014

Cambodian Defenders Project and Cambodia Justice Initiative support the request of the international co-prosecutor that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s co-investigating judges consider allegations of rape, forced marriage and gender-based violence in their investigation of Case 004.

Read the entire article in The Cambodia Daily

Press Release: Statement by the international co-prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian regarding case file 004

ECCC press release 24 April 2014Press release by the ECCC on 24 April  2014

The International Co-Prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal filed a Supplementary Submission in Case 004 requesting the investigation of sexual or gender-based violence, as well as forced marriage in key districts that are presently under investigation as part of this case. Preliminary information available indicates that the alleged forced marriages, rapes and sexual violence were perpetrated by Khmer Rouge cadre and occurred in areas where the suspects in Case 004 held command or political positions of influence.

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