Last Thursday United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted resolution 1960 (2010) aimed at combating sexual violence in situations of armed conflict. The before-mentioned resolution encouraged the Secretary-General to include in his annual reports detailed information on parties to armed conflict that are credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for acts of rape or other forms of sexual violence, and to list in an annex to these annual reports the parties that are credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of rape or other forms of sexual violence in situations of armed conflict on the Security Council agenda. This list would be use as a basis for more focused UN engagement with those parties, including measures in accordance with the procedures of the relevant sanctions committees.
The Secretary-General will be in charge of listing and de-listing criteria for enlisted parties. Additionally, it is established that enlisted parties have to present specific and time-bound commitments to combat sexual violence. These commitments will be tracked and monitored by the Secretary- General.
A similar mechanism of monitoring and reporting was implemented with the adoption of resolution 1612 (2005) aimed at combating the use of child soldiers.
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