UN Security Council Adopts Resolution Taking Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict
Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:30 AM

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution to increase efforts to end sexual violence in war and armed conflict.
The Resolution calls upon Member States to comply with their obligations to curb impunity for sexual violence used as a tactic of war and to include all crimes of sexual violence in armed conflict in national legislation so that they can be properly investigated and prosecuted. The Resolution demands more “systematic monitoring of and attention to sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations” and urges Member States to apply targeted sanctions to perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict. The Resolution encourages increased deployment and training of Women Protection Advisors (WPAs) to “facilitate the implementation of Security Council resolutions on women and peace and security.” The UNSC further expressed its intent to include women in mediation, post-conflict recovery, and peacebuilding.
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court commended the resolution but called on the UNSC to ensure that Member States and UN bodies use and cooperate with the International Criminal Court on matters concerning the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict.
Compiled from: Deisher, Julie, “UN Security Council adopts resolution against sexual violence,” Jurist (24 6 2013); United Nations, S.C. Res. 2106, U.N. Doc. S/RES/2106 (June 24, 2013).