UN envoy asks for mechanism on accountability, compliance for conflict-related sexual violence

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-19 03:37:56|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, April 18 (Xinhua) -- A UN envoy on conflict-related sexual violence has expressed the hope that the Security Council will set up a formal mechanism to tighten accountability and monitor compliance.

Pramila Patten, special representative of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on sexual violence in conflict, made the plea on Thursday in the context that Germany, which holds the Security Council presidency for the month of April, is working on a draft resolution concerning the issue of conflict-related sexual violence.

She was briefing reporters on Guterres' latest report on the issue, which will provide the basis for a Security Council high-level open debate and a possible adoption of the German-drafted resolution on Tuesday.

She emphasized the importance of closing the protection and compliance gap and wished for the adoption of such a resolution.

"My office is very much supportive of seeing the council endorsing a formal mechanism that would achieve these goals. We want the resolution to be operationally oriented, and we do hope that on Tuesday there will be a unanimous adoption of the resolution."

She also wanted the Security Council to endorse a survivor-centered approach.