U.N. Releases Guidelines on Reparations for Victims of Sexual Violence

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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has little or no authority to prosecute offenders of sexual violence in their peacekeeping missions, or ensure adequate compensation to victims.
But at a summit meeting in London recently, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a set of guidelines titled ‘Reparations for Conflict- Related Sexual Violence.’

These reparations include restitution, compensation, rehabilitation and guarantees of non-repetition.

Research in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) found that one in six of the men surveyed said they had experienced conflict-related sexual violence.

And a study in post-conflict Liberia found that among former combatants, 42 percent of women and 33 percent of men had experienced sexual violence. (END//2014)

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