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20 June 2019, 12:25

I.Herashchenko asserts UA-EU laws are to ‘run in double harness’ aiming to prevent, counteract and effectively investigate sexual offences

(  Press Service of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine )

 
“Ukraine’s legislation should be brought into line with the provisions of international law in terms of liability for crimes related to sexual violence in conflict,” – Iryna Herashchenko, first vice-speaker

 

Initiated by the platform "Security.Women.Peace" and chaired by the First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko, there was held on June 19 an expert panel discussion on eliminating sexual violence in conflict.

The politician noted that they mark today the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was proclaimed by the resolution of the UN General Assembly of June 19, 2015, in order to attract additional attention to the problem of sexual violence in conflict. She recalled that the threat of sexual violence in conflict was also recognized in the UN Security Council’s resolution 1325 and reflected in at least four other resolutions (1888, 1889, 1960 and 2106).

The first vice-speaker stressed that the issue of countering sexual violence in conflict is extremely topical for Ukraine, which has since 2014 suffered from having its several districts occupied by the Russian Federation and the RF-controlled militants. Unfortunately, a whole array of blatant sexual abuse-related episodes which have happened there, still remain beyond attention of international organizations and Ukraine’s international partners.

The politician stressed that she had twice reported on sexual violence and other crimes committed by the Russian Federation and the said militants during the open debate of the UN Security Council and the meeting with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten.

The first vice-speaker thanked the human rights organizations, volunteers and Anastasiia Divinska, a UN Women's Representative in Ukraine, for documenting information on sexual crimes committed in eastern Ukraine. Iryna Herashchenko apprised that all the information gathered last year was directed to P. Patten with a request to take it into account, as well as consider the possibility of launching a special UN mission to investigate sexual offenses in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. "Unfortunately, in the latest UN Secretary-General's report on sexual violence in conflict, there is no reference to sexual abuses amid the   Russian aggression in Ukraine, in particular throughout the occupied territories," said I. Herashchenko.

The first vice-speaker strongly believes that the above mentioned facts of sexual violence should be noticed in international organizations’ reports as well as in numerous litigations against the Russian Federation.

"We must bring our legislation in line with the provisions of international law in terms of liability for crimes related to sexual violence in conflict," I. Herashchenko emphasized. She also termed adoption of the draft law No. 9438 and ratification of the Rome Statute as tasks of high priority.

In the course of the above mentioned deliberations, which were attended by some thirty and odd participants, there was emphasized the need to revise and amend existing legislation to bring it in line with international law in terms of liability for such crimes, as well as for more social protection and psychological rehabilitation of victims of sexual assaults and the like.

The participants also touched upon the pressing need to counteract sexual violence, which, unfortunately, takes place in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As a result of the expert discussion, the parties agreed to intensify cooperation in order to prevent, counteract and effectively investigate such crimes.