ERBIL — On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, urged the Government of Iraq to pursue accountability for the perpetrators of sexual violence and deliver justice for the victims.
The theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is “Preventing Sexual Violence Crimes through Justice and Deterrence”.
Kubiš stated that “Prosecution is a form of prevention as it can restrain the behavior of belligerents, deter future crimes, and break the vicious cycle of violence, impunity and revenge.”
The UN official called on the Iraqi government to prosecute the perpetrators of sexual violence crimes against women and bring them to justice.
“I urge the Government of Iraq to deliver justice, and hold perpetrators accountable. This includes restorative and reparative justice, which is what the survivors of sexual violence and their families want,” he said.
The SRSG commended the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government for taking positive steps by appointing two high-level focal points on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Baghdad and Erbil, who will serve as points of contacts with the UN and the international community in furthering the implementation of the Joint Communiqué on Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence signed in September 2016.
He also called upon the Government to accelerate establishing an inter-ministerial task force to oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Joint Communiqué.