UN chief: Violence against women at "hideous" proportions

October 24, 2007 03:56

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that violence against women has reached "hideous and pandemic proportions" in some countries attempting to recover from conflicts, and the UN Security Council demanded an end to impunity for rape and other forms of sexual abuse. The council expressed deep concern that despite its repeated demands for an immediate end to violence against women caught in armed conflicts, "rape and other forms of sexual abuse, as well as all other forms of violence, ... remain pervasive, and in some situations have become systematic, and have reached appalling levels of atrocity." "The council stresses the need to end impunity for such acts as part of a comprehensive approach to seeking peace, justice, truth and national reconciliation," it said.

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