Sexual violence in conflict: Security Council must act

Women peace and security : sexual violence in conflict / DPRK - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 15 May 2017

Q : On DPRK, what should the Security Council do in the wake of Sunday missile test?

With respect to DPRK, we favor a swift and firm reaction of the Security Council because once again DPRK continues to play the double card of provocation and escalation. As you may have noticed, France has already strongly condemned this latest missile test, which only confirms that DRPK’s nuclear program is a serious threat to peace and security both to the region and to the world. So again we favor a strong, swift and firm reaction of the Security Council.

One word also on the debate that we are about to have. It is an important debate because today terrorist groups like Boko Haram, Daesh and others use sexual violence as a weapon, as a recruiting tool and as a financing tool. This is completely unacceptable and these acts can consitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In this context we, the Security Council, can’t remain silent. We need to speak out and above all we need to act, at the UN level but also at the national level. We can go further on many fronts, on the fight against impunity, on prevention, on the support to national governments and also on the empowerment of women in conflict prevention and peacekeeping.

Dernière modification : 15/05/2017

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