Bangladesh joins global declaration

Bangladesh on 29 April 2014
Location : Bangladesh | Source : The Daily Star; image souce: flickr user Devon Buchanan


Bangladesh has joined the global declaration to end all forms of violence against women and girls, particularly sexual violence, during armed conflicts.

The “Global Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict” was launched by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura on September 24 last year during the 68th UN General Assembly.

Bangladesh is the 123rd country to join the declaration, said a foreign ministry press release yesterday.

Bangladesh's decision was conveyed to William Hague in a letter from Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in which the latter reaffirmed Bangladesh's commitment to denounce sexual violence during armed conflict in unequivocal terms and its relentless efforts to supports global initiatives to end sexual violence in conflicts.
Bangladesh was the first South Asian country to have brought the issue of “sexual violence and women peace and security” in the UN Security Council in 2000, as a non-permanent member of the council, and was instrumental in the adoption of UNSCR 1325.

The global declaration contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war, which terrorises and destroys communities during conflict.  

The UK government will host a global summit in this regard on June 10 to 13, which Bangladesh is expected to attend.


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