Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Tuesday, 11 August 2020

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UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Expresses Deep Concern Regarding New Draft Somali Legislation on Sexual Crimes

Source:  Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, expresses deep concern that the Somali Federal Parliament is advancing a ‘Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill’ that breaches international and regional standards for criminal legislation relating to rape and other forms of sexual violence. Special Representative Patten calls on the Somali Federal Government to promptly withdraw the ‘Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Bill’ and instead to proceed, without further delay, with the re-introduction, examination and adoption of the comprehensive and survivor-centered draft ‘Sexual Offences Bill’ of 2018.

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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Overlooked in Databases?

Source: LSE WPS Centre / Lina Malagón, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Rory O’Connell

Lina Malagón, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Rory O’Connell detail their findings from a critical analysis of the inclusion of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) in peace agreements through the analysis of five key databases, and in doing so highlight the importance of evaluating the methodologies used in incorporating ESCRs peace provisions in databases and the importance of the definitions of rights to constructing our understanding of state practice.

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