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Friday May 25, 2012

UN Official Implores Colombia to Fight Impunity For Sexual Violence Crimes

UN Official Implores Colombia to Fight Impunity For Sexual Violence Crimes

Photo: Margot Wallström meets with survivors in Colombia -UN photo

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Colombia must increase its efforts to fight impunity for crimes of sexual violence, a United Nations envoy said today, adding that such efforts should be paired with assistance to survivors and victims.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström met with survivors of sexual violence, representatives of victims associations and Government officials, as well as with the ombudsman and the Inspectors- General of the army and the police.

In addition, she travelled to the city of Villavicencio to visit a site for internally displaced persons and learn about the Government’s reintegration programme for ex-combatants. She also heard testimonies from survivors of sexual violence and met with ex-combatants of the National Liberation Army, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and paramilitary forces.

Ms. Wallström welcomed the Government’s resolve to fight impunity for sexual violence crimes perpetrated in the context of conflict.

The Special Representative added that she would continue to monitor the situation and engage with the Government, the UN Country Team, civil society in Colombia and the international community on this issue.

“Justice in Colombia has been delayed for so many, but it must not be denied,” she said.