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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #295 - Rape of war: Unpunished crimes by the masters of the world (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:33:26 +0300

A draft resolution of the UN aims to combat rape used as a weapon of war. But the United States has threatened a veto for a sentence referring to abortion. ---- The UN Security Council has responsibility for international peace and security, and its decisions are binding on the member states. It is composed of 15 countries, 10 elected for 2 years and 5 permanent members with a veto right: China, Russia, United States, France and Great Britain. ---- On Tuesday, April 23, the Security Council considered a draft resolution to combat rape as a weapon of war. The draft submitted by Germany reflected the terms of a 2013 resolution that already required " all parties to armed conflict to immediately and fully stop all acts of sexual violence " . The longer 2019 version emphasized the need to investigate and punish, to no longer accept impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence during conflict through an international body that would allow prosecution. This body disappeared from the final version, under pressure from China, Russia and the United States.

One can imagine that the fact that in the text the " invites " , " request " and others " encourages " are accompanied by some measure making them a little effective would have threatened their troops and those of their allies.

A hypocritical fight
The previous version contained the phrase: " urges United Nations entities and donors to provide a full range of health care, including sexual and reproductive health care, without discrimination, " the phrase in the 2019 the form " a full range of health care, including sexual and reproductive health, psychosocial support, legal aid and livelihoods, as well as other multi-sectoral services, taking into account the special needs of persons with disabilities."

The United States threatened to veto if this sentence remained. Because, lucid, they read behind " sexual and reproductive health " , right to abortion. The sentence has disappeared but there is a long paragraph on raped women who have fallen pregnant and decide to keep the fruit of violence, their specific needs, the necessary help.

Not content with fighting the right to abortion on their own land, the United States had already cut subsidies to non-governmental organizations that practice or defend the right to abortion. They now want to impose their reactionary and misogynistic policies on the world.

And the other countries have reacted very little. But it is normal for the imperialist powers that use war rape to enslave and break up the people against this violence that a hypocritical fight, pure facade. The UN is useless. Or only to establish the power of the imperialist countries on the rest of the planet.

Christine (AL Orne-Sarthe)

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