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Moving from a Culture of Impunity to a Culture of Deterrence: The Use of Sanctions in Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict - Arria-Formula meeting of the Security Council
22 Oct 2018 -  The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace to Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Dennis Mukwege on October 5 is a further recognition of the violence and injustice perpetrated against women and girls; and of the brutal targeting of the Yazidi people and women’s suffering from conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in particular. As importantly, it is a call to take decisive action against sexual violence: against ISIS, in the DRC or elsewhere.

The purpose of this Arria formula is for the Council to look at ways to better use sanctions, in support of its pursuit of accountability and as a key element of the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence. It has three objectives.

• First, to take stock of the use of the present sanctions architecture and explore ways to strengthen its response to sexual violence.
• Second, to collect the views of Member States on innovative ways in which the Council could use sanctions in response to listing on the Annex of the SG’s annual report. For countries where there is currently no sanctions regime in place, this could include the establishment of a country-specific sanctions regime limited to sexual violence as its single designation criterion.
• Third, to keep the discussion moving forward at the Council, involving incoming members to ensure longer term follow-up.
- Ms. Rita Lopidia, Executive Director and Founder of EVE Organization, head of South Sudan Women’s Coalition
- H.E. Ms Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the SG on Sexual Violence in Conflict - Dr. Rebecca Brubaker, Senior Policy Advisor at the Centre for Policy Research at UN University
- Mr. Ruben de Koning, Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on Mali and former Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic
- Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Senior Director Counter Terrorism Project, former Coordinator ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team

Called by The Kingdom of the Netherlands.