UN Security Council condemned sexual violence as war tactic

On June 19, 2008, the UN Security Council condemned the use of sexual violence against civilians as a war tactic through a unanimously adopted resolution. The vote came as the result of an ongoing UN conversation on women, peace and security around the world. Since the adoption of the resolution, sexual violence continues to be a problem in conflicts around the world. In March 2013, during an annual session of the UN women's commission, members urged nations to adopt legislation banning gendered and sexual violence. Additionally, sexual violence has been identified as a topic of concern around the world, in nations as diverse as Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Syria, among others.

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