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2022.04.13 - Mariana Karkoutly’s participation to the UN Security Council’s thematic debate on accountability as prevention in ending cycles of sexual violence in conflict

Mariana Karkoutly, co-founder and board member of Huquqyat, participated to the UN Security Council’s thematic debate on accountability as prevention in ending cycles of sexual violence in conflict where she gave a movement statement on behalf of Huquqyat and other civil society organisations. “Yet, despite discussing Syria for more than a decade, this Council has failed to take actions to hold perpetrators accountable,” she said, noting that its members have vetoed resolutions and shielded Syria’s regime from accountability. By targeting women, perpetrators know they are targeting their families and communities as a whole, she said, emphasizing that domestic accountability will remain impossible as long as the regime of Bashar Al-Assad remains in power.

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"And because we dream of a homeland where there is no place for revenge and hatred, where the pain of the past is settled by fair trials, and where the full moral, civic, and judicial responsibilities are assumed, we will draw the curtain on a dark phase of our history, founded by tyranny upon hatred, violence, and impunity, to avoid repeating it again and again."

Razan Zaitouneh