UN Votes to Name Alleged Rapists in War

By Staff | December 16, 2010 | 7:26 PM EST

United Nations (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to name and shame individuals and parties to armed conflict that are "credibly suspected" of committing rape or other forms of sexual violence.

The council said it intends to use the list, to be compiled by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for more intense engagement with the parties, including possible sanctions.

The resolution adopted Thursday that despite the council's repeated condemnation, rapes and attacks on women and children caught in conflict continue to occur "and in some situations have become systematic and widespread, reaching appalling levels of brutality."

Human Rights Watch called the decision to publish an annual list of alleged perpetrators "a tremendous step toward ending this horrendous practice."