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Human rights violation

Rape, Sexualised wartime violence, war tactic, threat to world peace and international security

Rape and other forms of sexualised wartime violence against women are serious human rights violations. The UN Human Rights Convention of 1996 is an international acknowledgement that rape and other forms of sexualised wartime violence against women are extreme forms of violence and torture and thus constitute serious breaches of human rights. In 2008 the Security Council of the United Nations in Resolution 1820 described the use of sexualised violence as a war tactic for the first time, establishing sexualised violence as a threat to world peace and international security.

However, gender-specific violence – usually directed against women – is not a phenomenon exclusive to warlike conflicts. In times of peace, too, violence and lack of rights in family and society are part of daily life for women in many countries. The war just shows with radical clarity the final consequences that misogynist attitudes can lead to