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Angelina Jolie to open summit on rape in war
(06-10 11:05)

Co-hosts Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague will on Tuesday open a four-day summit on ending sexual violence in conflict, the biggest meeting ever held on the subject.
Senior officials from over 100 countries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, will join over 900 experts, NGOs, survivors and religious leaders at London's Excel Center.
Writing in London's Evening Standard newspaper, Kerry said delegates would work to "relegate sexual violence to the annals of history''.
"Sexual violence plagues every country,'' he wrote. "Acts of sexual violence demean our collective humanity.
"We will pool our expertise, diplomatic skills and resources toward the common goal of relegating sexual violence to the annals of history where it belongs.''
The top US diplomat insisted that sexual violence in armed conflict be treated as a major international crime and that every government deny safe haven to those who "commit these vile acts.''
"We must declare in unison: 'They can't run and they won't hide here','' he added. --AFP   
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