BRUSSELS: UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie called on NATO to help stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, as the Hollywood star broadened her international efforts to protect women’s rights.
Jolie, who earlier this week visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, made her appeal to the US-led alliance’s top decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, in Brussels, and later met NATO military commanders.
“Violence against women and children, particularly sexual violence, is an increasing feature of conflict,” Jolie told a news conference at NATO headquarters alongside the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Special Envoy to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie has condemned sexual violence against victimised Rohingya women amidst the crisis.
Jolie met with a delegation of Bangladesh foreign ministry in Canadian Vancouver and according to a notification issued by the department, the ambassador condemned violence against Rohingya.
She said that lacs of Ronhingya were forced to cross the border and leave Myanmar owing to brutality of the armed forces and sexual violence against women. Statement of Jolie came in after Human Rights Watch accused Myanmar forces to have raped women during operations.
A special envoy to the UN had also maintained earlier that Myanmar forces exercise sexual violence.
However, a statement issued by Myanmar armed forces rejected the allegations and denied that the troops raped Rohingya women.