Reparations are affordable: Innovative solutions to finance reparations owed to survivors of conflict-related sexual violence
Conflict-related sexual violence is a brutal, personal act of war, and a grave violation of international law that can affect anyone. In many countries, rape and other forms of sexual violence are used on a massive scale and often to advance military objectives. States have a legal obligation to provide remedy either through courts and/or government-led programmes—even when they are not directly responsible for the crimes. Yet, a lack of funding often stops this from happening.
From Ukraine to Syria, Global Survivors Fund believes that government-led reparation programmes could be affordable through innovative financing.
This high-level UNGA 78 side event will explore both traditional and novel pathways available to ensure reparations are costed and affordable.
Bringing together survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, representatives of the United Nations and its Member States, legal experts, and civil society, the event will demonstrate that States and the international community must use all models available to them to finance reparations.
From targeted taxes on conflict-related industries or financial transactions, fines for breach of sanctions or the repurposing of perpetrators’ assets, this solution-oriented 105-minute discussion will demonstrate how reparations can be provided to survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and victims of other human rights violations.
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.