“Today’s unanimous approval in the Senate of the motion on the elimination of gender-based violence in armed conflict is a signal that strengthens Italy’s commitment in the campaign against rape as a weapon of war”. This was Foreign Minister Emma Bonino’s comment from the United Nations in New York, where she is engaged, alongside Prime Minister Enrico Letta, in the opening week of the 68th session of the General Assembly.
“The news from Rome highlights the common intent shown by Parliament and the Government on this issue and encourages us to continue along this road to prevent, suppress and eradicate this inhumane practice”. Minister Bonino also recalled Italy’s signing of the Declaration on the elimination of sexual violence in conflict two days ago in New York. The Declaration, promoted by the United Kingdom and signed by 11 countries, aims to keep the international community’s attention focused on this type of crime, ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice and increase the instruments available to protect victims.