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British foreign secretary calls for end to sexual violence

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British foreign secretary calls for end to sexual violence


British Foreign Secretary William Hague is calling for action to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

He joined Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on stage in London for the first global summit on sexual violence in conflict.

They’re demanding concrete steps to ensure people responsible for such violent crimes are punished, and victims given the support they need.

“We will not succeed in eradicating war zone rape overnight but if we bring together all of our efforts, if we can share what we have learned and inspire others to join us, I know we will find the strength to stay the course for the future and that we can and will end impunity,” said Jolie

William Hague’s US counterpart John Kerry flew into London for the summit.

“So why now? Because thousands of years after rape was written into the lexicon of warfare, we know that it is time to write it out and to banish sexual violence to the dark ages and the history books where it belongs,” said Kerry.

William Hague and Angelia Jolie have launched an international guide on how to investigate such crimes, collect evidence and prosecute suspects.

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