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Bowing to US demands, UN waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

Updated : April 24, 2019 10:18 AM IST

A German-drafted resolution was adopted after a reference was cut referring to the need for UN bodies and donors to give timely "sexual and reproductive health" assistance to survivors of sexual violence in conflict.
The US veto threat was the latest in a string of policy reversals that some UN diplomats say has been driven by US Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative Christian who staunchly opposes abortion rights.
The council voted after hearing briefings from Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman who was held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who treats rape victims, Libyan rights activist Inas Miloud, and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
Bowing to US demands, UN waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

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