David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK says:
“We welcome the Foreign Secretary’s commitment and leadership in bringing together the international community to end impunity for sexual violence in conflict.
Sadly, we know children are the most vulnerable to abuse and rape during conflict and in its aftermath, and millions of children around the world face horrendous sexual violence every day.
There is no starker reminder of the brutality of sexual violence against children than in the current conflict in Syria. Children inside Syria’s borders are being exposed to grave human rights violations, including rape and sexual abuse. Others who are forced to flee across borders as refugees face increased risk of early marriage, sexual exploitation and trafficking.
The Foreign Secretary’s event in London next June will be an important landmark in maintaining momentum on this critical issue at a critical time. International leaders have a vital opportunity to build on the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. We cannot stand by as millions of children in Syria, and other combat zones around the world, lose their childhoods to the horror of conflict.”
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