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House of Lords Debate on Securing Accountability for Sexual Violence

Gender Equality & GBV

On 2 April 2019, Baroness Hodgson of Abinger intiated an important debate in the House of Lords (the Upper House of the UK Parliament) on conflict related sexual violence, in which she asked the UK Government: what assessment they have made of the adequacy of international mechanisms to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account; and what steps they are taking to ensure justice for survivors.

This debate followed a June 2018 GAPS/INGO Panel Discussion on this topic, in which panellists, including LAW’s Executive Director, Antonia Mulvey, had highlighted the difficulties in holding perpetrators of sexual violence to account, despite the number of treaties and mechanisms under international and regional law, designed to bring about justice.

You can read the debate in full here.