The UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict today released the report: “Sexual Violence in Conflict: A War Crime”

The long awaited report, attached below, is a welcome contribution in the area of gender violence and conflict. It details: UK policy and legislation; human rights and prevention initiatives; the women’s participation agenda; tools for responding to victims and survivors; accountability and justice issues. In addition, the issue of UN peace keeper perpetration of sexual violence is tackled—followed by an outline of the UK government’s approach to the problem.

There is a wealth of empirical evidence annexed including an account of the Committee’s visits to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. An independent evidence volume is available to download from the Committee’s website. This is an important work for practitioners to cross reference against—augmenting international policy stacks and reporting in this area.

Sexual Violence in Conflict—A War Crime