U.S. Threatens To Veto U.N. Anti-Rape Solution Because It Mentions Sexual Health

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The U.S. is threatening to veto a U.N. resolution that opposes sexual violence because it mentions sexual health.

CNN reports that the U.S. is threatening to Veto a U.N. Anti-Rape resolution because the resolution includes language about “sexual and reproductive health.” The proposed resolution asked the U.N to reaffirm its resistance to sexual violence.

A draft of the new U.N. resolution, changed by a member of the German delegation to the U.N. in order to accommodate the U.S., removes references to “health services” and the “sexual and reproductive health” of sexual violence victims. The edits were made by Andreas Glossner, vice chair of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.

The draft also revealed that a line was taken out of the draft, which stated that the U.N. “further encourages support to and training of journalists on sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations and gender inequality." This change was also made to satisfy the U.S.

U.S. allies did not take issue with the resolution’s language, but the U.S. sided with Russia and China to remove a section concerned with sexual violence. The section would give the U.N. the ability to establish a new monitoring body for reporting sexual violence.

A US mission spokesperson said: "Our diplomatic negotiations are confidential, and we cannot comment on a draft resolution that is still being actively negotiated."

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