Summit Plans End to Impunity over Rape in Wars

June 11, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Britain Sexual Violence Summit

US actress Angelina Jolie, centre, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, applauds after the speech of delegate Claudine Bela Badeaza from DRC, at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Summit welcomes governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organizations across the world. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, pool)

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie are seeking international support for a new plan to end impunity for sexual crimes committed in war zones.

Hague and Jolie released the proposed protocol Wednesday during a four-day London summit designed to focus world attention on the problem.

The lengthy document specifies how sexual violence in conflict zones should be investigated and prosecuted.

"This protocol is the first of its kind and we hope it will play a vital role in shattering the culture of impunity," Hague said.

Hague and Jolie called for governments around the world to publicly support the changes outlined in the document.

Jolie said the goal is to make it possible to obtain justice even in fragile countries.