Angelina says no to weapons of sexual violence: Jolie urges ban on deployment of sex as 'war weapon'
Angelina Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. (AFP/File)
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Angelina Jolie has urged the international community to stop the use of sexual violence as a war weapon.
She was accompanied by the British foreign secretary, William Hague, while on a trip to Bosnia.
Hague and Jolie, at the Srebrenica memorial centre museum, met women who were sexually abused during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, as well as women whose beloved ones were killed in the massacre, the Guardian reported.
Jolie donned a black dress with a black headscarf in respect to the customs of Muslim women when they go to a cemetery.
Jolie, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), said in the conference in the Bosnian capital on sexual violence in war, that the use of rape as a weapon of war is one of the most harrowing and savage of the crimes against civilians.
She said that this is rape so brutal and with such extreme violence that it very hard to talk about.
According to local estimates, nearly 20,000 women, mostly Muslim, were subjected to sexual assault during Bosnia's inter-ethnic war in the 1990s. However, till now only 33 people have been convicted for the crimes by local courts and 30 by a UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
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