Security Council Resolution 1820

Security Council Resolution 1820 was the first resolution passed by the Security Council to demand cessation of all acts of sexual violence against civilians by all parties to armed conflict. It emphasizes the legal status of sexual violence as a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a component of genocide. This resolution deems sexual violence a strategy of war and a threat to international peace and security. Also focusing on post-conflict situations, it calls for UN agencies to ensure that peacebuilding efforts pay special attention to the effects of sexual violence in matters of post-conflict reconstruction and recovery.

This resolution was adopted on June 19, 2008

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