Center for Reproductive Rights statement on the omission of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights from the from United Nations Security Council Resolution 2467 on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Today, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2467 on Sexual Violence in Conflict with 13 votes, including the United States, which has in recent years adopted policies and practices that systematically attack reproductive rights domestically and abroad.  The Permanent Missions of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, United Kingdom and South Africa called-out the omission of SRHR as a major concern.  The following is the statement of Rebecca Brown, Senior Director of Global Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, regarding the passage of this resolution: 

“The Center for Reproductive Rights is deeply concerned by the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2467, which has failed to acknowledge the need for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for survivors in conflict settings.  It’s a significant step back from previous Security Council resolutions which specifically called for survivors of sexual violence to have access to these essential services.” 

“The U.S. was a key factor in the elimination of text calling for survivors of sexual violence to have access to sexual and reproductive health care, by threatening to veto the resolution if the text remained.” 

“Conflict settings significantly increase the incidence of sexual violence against women and girls. Sexual violence in conflict includes rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilization, trafficking and forced marriage. These abuses contribute to forced and unintended pregnancies, and in turn can lead to high rates of unsafe abortion and maternal mortality. Denial of access to sexual and reproductive health services for victims of sexual violence has been designated as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international human rights law. Without access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services, the lives, safety and rights of women and girls in conflict are threatened.”