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Hague hails move against sex crimes

Foreign Secretary William Hague has described a declaration by 113 countries pledging new action to end sexual violence in conflict as a "milestone" against perpetrators.

Mr Hague, who co-hosted the meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said the declaration forbids amnesties for sexual violence in peace agreements and allows suspects to be apprehended wherever they are in the world.

It also pledges to adopt a new International Protocol in 2014 to help ensure that evidence collected can stand up in court.

Mr Hague called the declaration "a milestone towards shattering impunity for those who commit horrific crimes during times of war" and said Britain would be encouraging the 80 UN member states that had not signed the declaration to do so.

Britain will host a conference next year on sexual violence in conflict, Mr Hague said.


From Belfast Telegraph