Baird Calls on International Community to Bring Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Conflict to Justice

June 13, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today wrapped up a productive visit to London, United Kingdom, where he participated in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

“At the summit, I met with foreign ministers, representatives of international organizations and experts in the fight against sexual violence,” said Baird. “We all agree that commitments must be turned into action to end sexual violence in conflict. It is time to act.”

During the summit, Baird chaired the ministerial dialogue on international and national action to address accountability.

While in London, Baird also attended the Nigeria Security Ministerial Meeting, where he met with counterparts to discuss security in Nigeria and West Africa at large. Canada is providing $537 million to support security, development and humanitarian projects in West Africa.

“The atrocities carried out by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in Nigeria and Northwest Africa in recent weeks and months are a stark reminder of terrorism’s global reach,” said Baird. “We will continue to work with our allies and partners to put an end to the growing insecurity in Nigeria and the region and pray for the safe release of the Chibok schoolgirls.”

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