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Title KLIPING BERITA: RI calls for int’l efforts to end sexual violence in conflict
Edition The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Sat, June 14 2
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Language English
Publisher The Jakarta Post
Publishing Year 2014
Publishing Place Jakarta
Collation Page. 12
Abstract/Notes World News

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Indonesia is calling on the international community to take concrete measures to end violence against women and children in armed conflicts, said Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

“Indonesia is pushing for a common approach in handling the issue of sexual violence in armed conflicts,” Marty told the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on Thursday

The conference, co-hosted by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, seeks to stamp out sexual violence in war.

In a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post, Marty said Indonesia had proposed four elements that should be included in ending the culture of impunity for sexual violence in wars: prevention, early detection, protection and punishment for perpetrators and justice for the victims.

He said the elements were essential for creating synergy and effective measures to end sexual violence in conflict, especially against women and children.

Marty also pointed out the important role of peacekeeping missions in handling sexual violence. Peacekeepers should be equipped with the capacity to prevent and handle the issue, he said.

Indonesia is among 14 countries championing the initiative to prevent and end sexual violence in conflict, dubbed the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI). In September last year, Indonesia and 112 countries signed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, containing a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons to terrorize and destroy communities during conflicts. It also prohibits amnesty for perpetrators of sexual violence in peace agreements.
At the summit, Jolie and Hague launched an international protocol aimed at ending the “culture of impunity” for sexual violence in wars, while testimony from victims emphasized its human cost. From the Central African Republic to Sudan to Syria, an untold thousands of rapes have gone entirely unpunished.

Hague admitted that one of the primary reasons for the lack of prosecutions of sexual violence in conflict was the difficulty of gathering evidence that could stand up in court, and the trauma and the stigma faced by survivors in the process.

This protocol is designed to overcome those fundamental barriers.

“And we are determined to ensure that prosecutors, police forces, peacekeepers and civil society on the front line in this struggle know how best to document and investigate sexual violence in conflict so that perpetrators can be successfully prosecuted,” he said, as quoted on the UK foreign office website.

The protocol sets out in detail how to interview survivors and witnesses, how to secure physical evidence and how to work with medics and lawyers so that survivors can be confident that the facts are on their side. It shows how to protect survivors and to support them at every stage so that they don’t suffer more trauma or risk being attacked for taking a stand.

AFP reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry would speak at the closing session of the four-day conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also appear by video link.

In an earlier speech, Jolie said: “We are here for the 9-year-old girl in Uganda, kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.

“We are here for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed or been abandoned.”
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