G8 join Jolie to declare rape a war crime

The G8 foreign ministers teamed up with Oscar-winning actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie to declare rape a war crime at a recent G8 meeting in London.

The UK-led initiative is a priority of the UK presidency of the G8. Foreign Secretary William Hague branded the use of rape as a war tactic as “the slave trade of our generation”.

Ministers agreed on setting up an international framework for investigating and prosecuting rape. There will also be no amnesties for sexual violence in peace treaties.

The UN special envoy for refugees, Angelina Jolie, and the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, attended the meeting. Jolie welcomed the “long-overdue” G8 declaration, while Bangura said it “breaks [the] silence on history’s oldest and least-condemned crime.”