Launch of Code Blue Campaign

Today saw the launch of a new campaign, Code Blue, by the non-governmental organization AIDS-Free World, in conjunction with a group of international experts: Ms. Graça Machel, L.Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Ms. Theo Sowa, Ambassador Amwarul Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Ms. Paula Donovan, and Mr. Stephen Lewis. The campaign wants to end immunity for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers.

There are three main aspects to the campaign: the removal of any possibility of immunity for the UN’s non-military peacekeeping personnel (including staff of the various UN programs and funds, police and experts on mission) when accused of sexual abuse; the creation of an independent and external commission of inquiry to examine the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse within peacekeeping operations; and the engagement of individuals and organizations to pressure the UN’s leadership, troop-contributing countries; and countries experiencing conflict to respond in a more accountable manner to this issue.

Individuals and organizations are invited to join the campaign. Further details are available on the campaign’s website. Details from the campaign’s launch event today, which was livestreamed, can be found on Twitter using the hashtag #CodeBlue.

Update: Sri Lanka Social Media Action

Time To Act (P) (2)Take action to end the use of sexual violence and torture by the armed forces in post-war Sri Lanka!

Following Tuesday’s post, the STOP Torture project of the International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka initiated a social media campaign to draw attention to the crisis in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan officials will be absent from the upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, but we are calling upon activists and global citizens to bring awareness of sexual violence in Sri Lanka to those attending by sharing or tweeting the following images with the hashtags #TimeToAct #SriLanka.

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