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2014 | Guidance Note of the Secretary General on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence

This Guidance Note by Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon aims to provide policy and operational guidance for United Nations engagement in the area of reparations for victims of conflict-related sexual violence. It includes guidelines for advocacy for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of reparation programs and initiatives directed at victims of conflict related sexual violence. The Note asserts that Judicial and/or administrative reparations should be available to victims of conflict-related sexual violence as part of their right to obtain prompt, adequate and effective remedies. The Note is intended to complement other relevant UN tools and Guidance Notes, in particular the Notes on the UN approach to rule of law assistance2 and to transitional justice.

Some of the principles outlined here are also applicable to UN engagement on reparations for victims of sexual violence in contexts not related to conflict, and for victims of other violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The focus on sexual violence in this note is intended to recognize the need for approaches to reparation that are specifically tailored to the consequences, sensitivity and stigmas attached to these harms in societies globally, and to the specific needs of sexual and gender-based violence survivors.