U.N. Security Council says sexual violence akin to war crimes

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice introduced the resolution, saying rape that other sexual assaults belong on the council’s agenda.

By Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer – Friday June 20, 2008

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seated next to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, led a Security Council meeting today in New York. The issue of sexual violence was pushed onto the council agenda by advocacy groups after China, Russia, and South Africa last year called it an unfortunate byproduct of war, but not a matter of international peace and security. Image: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council affirmed Thursday that rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, and called for measures to combat such attacks.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice introduced the U.S.-sponsored resolution at a special session attended by diplomats from 60 nations. . .

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