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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to correspondents concerning questions about the 2012 Human Security Report

New York, 11 October 2012

The report highlights the need for deeper, evidence-based research and rigorous analysis on the serious scourge of conflict-related sexual violence.  Because of the shame and hidden nature of this crime, data collection on conflict-related sexual violence remains a challenge. There are ongoing efforts, however, to improve consistent and comprehensive reporting.

What we do know is that there is overwhelming evidence that rape has been and continues to be used as a weapon of war – Rwanda during the genocide was a case in point, and so was Bosnia and Herzegovina, where rape camps were established. More recently, there have been incidents of mass rape in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

We welcome research on sexual violence in conflict, because we do not yet know enough about this phenomenon. And we cannot effectively prevent what we do not adequately understand.