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UN envoy on sexual violence heads to Mideast on first visit

UN envoy on sexual violence heads to Mideast where extremists use rape as terror tactic

UN envoy on sexual violence heads to Mideast on first visit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. special representative on sexual violence says she is making her first trip to the Middle East as extremist groups increasingly use rape as a terror tactic.

Zainab Bangura told a U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday that she is leaving Thursday for Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as Turkey.

She said extremist groups are using sexual violence to inflict terror not only in Iraq and Syria but also in Somalia, Nigeria and Mali.

Bangura said a recent report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spelled out how sexual violence "is integrally linked with the strategic objectives, ideology and funding of extremist groups."


Updated : 2021-09-18 19:56 GMT+08:00