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Murad’s Code should become a golden standard for ensuring justice և responsibility. United Kingdom statement to the UN Security Council

I can begin by thanking you, Special Representative Pramila Pate.

The relationship between your office և your office և the strength of the relationship is something we value very much և we welcome the ongoing work coordination and strength that we place on this important agenda.

To our courageous activists, Mariana Carcutli և Hilina Berhanou, for your clear insights, as well as your practical suggestions on responsibilities, for the usefulness of the actions of the United Nations Security Council.

And, of course, you, Nadia Murad, your determination, your courage, your example have in her heart a real willpower to build a world for survivors. Simply put, it inspires me, I know I speak for every member of the Security Council. And your testimony today reflects again the main purpose we all share.

Today, as we hear from very powerful testimonies և SRSG Patten reports, we continue to see disturbing reports of rape և sexual violence from Ukraine.

We are now reminded once and for all that when a conflict breaks out, sexual violence soon follows.

As we have heard, in northern Ethiopia, Syria, and Ukraine, we have witnessed devastating effects on communities, families, and especially women and girls. May we unite to defend these courageous survivors, not just for hope but for action and ultimately for justice.

It is clear that impunity continues to be the norm for criminals. It must be an exception, և we must try for it.

And, frankly, the fact that we are here, that it is happening, let’s reflect that in 2022 it is not only unacceptable, but absolutely shocking.

And consequently, we must strive to do more collectively to end the violence, and finally, as we have heard from every very powerful statement, to ensure justice and accountability for the survivors.

We must ensure that survivors are able to safely record their experiences in a way that enhances the pursuit of justice.

This is a possible first but important step towards accountability.

However, as we have heard from Nadia Murad’s powerful testimony, this is far from the truth for many survivors around the world. And frankly, we have to ask ourselves, why? Why couldn’t we defend ourselves? Why did we fail in our collective duty to put the survivors first?

Despite numerous instructions from survivors, witnesses, and evidence-collectors, mistakes, frankly, continue to be made. Mistakes, not with bad intentions, but mistakes that can allow the wheels of justice to slow down and really destroy lives.

Too many survivors are not told what their options are, or do not have the time or space to make their choice of how best to use their testimony.

Too many survivors continue to face unnecessary duplicate interviews. 27 times, let’s talk about that indicator, 27 times, colleagues, as a brave survivor told me, they had to give an interview.

Interviews are interrupted, they are wiretapped, և thus weakening the impact of those testimonies և they do not reach the threshold that is often presented as a reason for not prosecuting.

The aftermath can be devastating, destroying the soul, ending hope. Simply put, it is unacceptable.

Survivors are traumatized again and again. And the work of ensuring justice and responsibility is disrupted.

Therefore, it is vital that we end this harmful practice and put the rights of survivors at the heart of the evidence.

Consequently, I am very humbled to join Nadia’s initiative, the Institute for International Criminal Investigation, in publishing Murad’s Code today.

First of all, Nadia, thank you, we have known each other for many years, you inspire me,: your courage is a powerful example for all of us.

Murad’s Code is a global code of conduct for gathering information and evidence from conflict-related sexual violence survivors.

It was formed by survivors, governments, international organizations, and civil society.

Because it is our duty to put the needs of the survivors at the heart of our work.

I call on all those involved in the documentation and investigation of sexual violence related to conflicts to follow Murad’s Code. In fact, go further. it should become the gold standard for any NGO, government agency or human rights organization. Putting survivors at the center of the investigation should not be optional.

But our collective efforts can not stop with this.

This year we are exploring all options for strengthening international action, including a new international convention proposed by our Secretary of State, Liz Tras.

From November 28 to 30, we will also host an international conference to promote our work, marking the tenth anniversary of the UK Initiative for Sexual Violence Prevention in November this year.

We will continue to unite leaders of faith’s faith in defense of survivors through the Declaration of Humanity.

We will make further progress in improving the rights and well-being of children born of sexual violence following the Call to Action in November.

And we will respond strongly to reports of sexual violence in the conflict, wherever they may be.

We have heard about the uneasy situation in Ethiopia. The nature and scale of reports of sexual violence from the Tigris, Amhara, and Afar are deeply troubling. However, many communities remain disconnected and therefore unable to tell their story.

That is why we could invite the first representative of Ethiopian civil society today to inform the Council about the situation in northern Ethiopia.

And more, listen to an Ethiopian woman who has been an integral part of the feminist youth movement, who has recently worked with communities across the country that have been subjected to sexual violence in conflict.

The British government has allocated more than միլիոն 7 million to help national survivors in northern Ethiopia improve national accountability systems. We also provide expertise to develop the ability to prosecute criminals.

I applaud the leadership of the African Union for conflict-related sexual violence. Thirty African countries now have a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, which provides an essential basis for addressing the issue of women’s political participation in conflict-affected contexts.

We have once again heard how rape is used by various parties to the conflict to destroy the lives of Syrians.

The UK has spent more than միլիոն 4 million through its Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in response since 2016.

We have strengthened medical records of attacks in line with international standards; we have improved survivors’ support services.

I was pleased to see the first conviction for sexual offenses related to the conflict in Syria, handed down in Koblenz in January.

The UK will also continue to support Afghan women facing the highest levels of violence in the world, following in the footsteps of progress in recent decades.

Islam clearly refers to the equality of girls and women’s rights. We continue to put pressure on the Taliban on this issue.

We seek to include gender-based violence services, including all survivors of sexual violence, in Afghanistan’s health services.

We work with the International Committee of Salvation, the United Nations Population Fund, and others to provide access to gender-based violence services for women and girls.

Together we are shocked by the disgusting testimonies received from Ukraine. Reports of rape and sexual violence by the Russian armed forces must be properly investigated.

That is why the UK has worked with partners to refer the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court, set up a commission of inquiry through the UN Human Rights Council, and set up a mission of OSCE experts with the support of Ukraine. In March, we announced an additional միլիոն 1 million in funding to the ICC to help uncover evidence of war crimes.

Sexual violence in conflict is an evil stain on humanity. Wherever it happens, it is our moral duty to work together to help the survivors do what we can to eliminate it.

To the criminals, every person in every society must be determined to send a clear, unequivocal message: you will be there, you will be brought to justice, no matter how much it’s.

And to the survivors, thank you for the hope, thank you for your courage, we will always be by your side.

Sexual violence is a crime against you, it is a crime against our common humanity.

Murad’s Code should become a golden standard for ensuring justice և responsibility. United Kingdom statement to the UN Security Council

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