British Foreign Secretary Mr. William Hague thanked and congratulated the Government of Bangladesh for endorsing the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, according to a Press Release issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK.
This message came in the wake of Bangladesh’s official communication earlier this week to join the Declaration launched by the UK last year as part of its Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
The Bangladesh Government’s decision was conveyed through a letter addressed to the British Foreign Secretary by Foreign Minister Mr. A. H. Mahmood Ali, MP.
Nigeria and Pakistan also announced their joining the Declaration this week.
The FCO quoted the British Foreign Secretary as saying, “I thank the I thank and congratulate the Foreign Ministers and governments of Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan for taking this important and welcome step this week.”
“These three countries are all major contributors to UN and international peacekeeping missions, and they bring invaluable experience and expertise,” he added.
The latest announcement by Bangladesh and other top troops contributing countries to UN peacekeeping operations brings to 148 the total number of countries supporting this effort. It sends a powerful message about the growing international resolve to end sexual violence in conflict and bring perpetrators to justice.
All countries that endorse the Declaration are invited to take part in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by the Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in London from 10-13 June.
The British Foreign Secretary further observed, “We are steadily building the global momentum needed to end the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict once and for all.
“These crimes have ruined the lives of millions of women, men and children in our lifetimes. We have an opportunity, at last, to transform global attitudes to the use of rape as a weapon of war and shatter the culture of impunity.”