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Angelina Jolie backs war zone anti-rape initiative

By Joe Churcher

Published 29/03/2014

Angelina Jolie (centre) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (second left) pay their respects to victims at the memorial centre of Potocari near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica y
Angelina Jolie (centre) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (second left) pay their respects to victims at the memorial centre of Potocari near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica y

Training for peacekeepers in preventing the use of sexual violence as a weapon has been applauded by William Hague and Angelina Jolie.

The Foreign Secretary and the Hollywood star were in Bosnia on the latest leg of their two-year joint campaign to eradicate war zone rape.

Mr Hague said the UK was helping the city's Peace Support Operations Training Centre to develop training for military and police peacekeepers from across the region.

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative had been inspired by a film made by Ms Jolie – a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees – about the experiences of a woman during the 1990s Bosnian war, he said.

They pair are co-hosting a global summit in London in June to seek progress on ending sexual violence – with increased military efforts a priority.

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