Vietnam vows to join int’l efforts in ending sexual violence during conflict

Wednesday, 2019-04-24 17:59:21
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Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations (UN), speaks at the dialogue. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam will work closely with the international community in preventing and stamping out sexual violence during conflicts, said Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations (UN).

The ambassador made the affirmation at a high-level open dialogue on sexual violence in conflicts held by the UN Security Council in New York on April 23.

Ambassador Quy expressed his concern over the continued sexual violence in conflicts and its adverse impacts such as discrimination against victims and children born out of sexual violence during conflict.

Apart from stepping up the prevention of conflicts, which is seen as the root cause of the problem, the international community needs to take prompt actions and urgent solutions to ease the situation, he suggested.

He applauded the progress in urging the parties concerned to make concrete commitments to preventing and handling this issue.

Ambassador Quy proposed that priorities should be given to improving public awareness, eliminating social discrimination and prejudice against the victims, and enhancing cooperation between the relevant sides to improve the efficiency of support for the victims, while highlighting the main role played by countries in this regard.

The diplomat also emphasised that it is necessary to promote gender equality and women’s roles.

He stressed Vietnam’s stance on backing women’s participation in peace progress and their role in developing the culture of peace, spreading humanitarian values, building peace and promoting sustainable development.

The dialogue was chaired by Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany which is holding the UN Security Council’s rotating presidency in April.

Representatives of more than 80 member countries of the council strongly condemned the use of sexual violence as a war and terror weapon, and committed and called for greater medical, psychological and legal support to the victims.

In his remarks, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stressed that justice and assistance are the two essential factors in the fight against sexual violence during conflicts.

Despite joint efforts, these acts are still occuring, causing serious consequences to women and girls, worsening conflicts and extinguishing peace prospects, he pointed out.

The situation requires a comprehensive approach, he said, emphasising the efforts required to prevent these deeds, support the victims and improve the efficiency of law enforcement in investigation and legal proceedings.