2014 saw ex­trem­ists use of rape and sex­ual slav­ery: UN

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY EDITH M. LED­ERER

U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon said 2014 was marked by har­row­ing ac­counts of rape, sex­ual slav­ery and forced mar­riage be­ing used by ex­trem­ists in­clud­ing the Is­lamic State group and Boko Haram.

In a re­port re­leased Mon­day, the U.N. chief ex­pressed “grave con­cern” over sex­ual vi­o­lence per­pe­trated by armed groups, in­clud­ing those pro­mot­ing ex­trem­ist ide­olo­gies in Iraq, Syria, So­ma­lia, Nige­ria, Mali, Libya and Ye­men.

The sec­re­tary-gen­eral said ef­forts “to de­grade or de­stroy” the Is­lamic State group, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, An­sar Dine and al- Qaida af­fil­i­ates “are an es­sen­tial part of the fight against con­flic­tre­lated sex­ual vi­o­lence.”

The re­port fo­cuses on 19 coun­tries en­gulfed in con­flict or try­ing to re­cover from fight­ing where sex­ual vi­o­lence in­clud­ing rape, sex­ual slav­ery, forced pros­ti­tu­tion and forced preg­nancy oc­curs, mainly against women and girls but also against boys and men. It lists 45 groups in Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Ivory Coast, Congo, Iraq, Mali, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan and Syria as well as Boko Haram in Nige­ria that are “cred­i­bly sus­pected of com­mit­ting or be­ing re­spon­si­ble for pat­terns of rape” in con­flict — 13 of them for the first time.

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