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Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Check out our Storify for an overview of the happenings of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) contributed significantly to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict from June 10-13, 2014 in London with a delegation of 28 people, who included doctors, lawyers, police investigators, human rights advocates, and judges from seven countries. The summit was co-hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie. This was the largest gathering to date on the crisis of sexual violence in conflict.

As an organization that brings the expertise of science and medicine to stop human rights violations, PHR staff experts have participated as members of the Steering Board of Foreign Secretary Hague’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative for the past three years. Our colleagues have also contributed to the new International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict that was issued at the summit. The Protocol provides guidance in best practices on the documentation of sexual violence as a crime under international law.

PHR hosted three events at the summit with a focus on the collection of evidence and documentation of crimes of sexual violence. As a member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, PHR also participated in advocacy efforts via a questionnaire that asked governments to describe their work to prevent sexual violence, protect and support survivors, and prosecute perpetrators.

Take a look at PHR's policy recommendations to all states for ensuring justice and accountability for crimes of sexual violence.

Review this reparations report, which summarizes major points of discussion from PHR's first Roundtable on Reparations for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the DRC held in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University on February 24, 2014.

Watch this video, debuted at the global summit, to learn more about our Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya and how it works to promote justice and accountability for survivors of sexual violence.