NEWS RELEASE From The Office Of Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP
2nd June 2006
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS AN END TO VIOLENCE AND ABUSE OF WOMEN IN ARMED CONFLICTS
The European Parliament today called on all states to ensure war crimes, including those relating to sexual violence against women and girls, do not go unpunished, when it adopted its report on the role of women in armed conflicts.
Jean Lambert, Green MEP today welcomed the decision and said; “Violence and abuse of women is a despicable aspect of all armed conflicts and I welcome the Parliaments decision. The prosecution of war crimes against women should now be a priority for all international courts.
“The making of war has been historically a male dominated activity but the abuse of women is a factor in all armed conflicts that is rarely discussed. Women’s voices must be heard and women who are victims of sexual violence should be supported to play a key role in post-conflict negotiations, as for example in the EU negotiations on the future status of Kosovo. Regrettably Parliament missed the opportunity to take a stronger stand by failing to agree to the introduction of quotas for women’s participation in negotiations.
“I also welcome the Council’s operational paper on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in the context of ESDP and stress the importance of making gender-specific training an obligatory part of all the Unions military and non-military missions.”