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PTI – Moneycontrol – Wednesday,  05 December 2012 (originally published 01 Dec)

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India has called for “zero tolerance” towards gender-based violence as it noted that protection of human rights of women in armed conflict continues to pose a “pressing” challenge.

India has called for “zero tolerance” towards gender-based violence as it noted that protection of human rights of women in armed conflict continues to pose a “pressing” challenge. “The promotion and protection of the human rights of women and girls in armed conflict continue to pose a pressing challenge. There should be zero tolerance for gender-based violence,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri said during a UN Security Council debate on ‘Women and Peace and Security’.

“All cases of gender-based violence must be promptly investigated and their perpetrators prosecuted,” Puri said.  He said India has consistently held the view that greater participation of women in areas of conflict resolution, peace negotiations, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction is the “sine qua non” for lasting peace and security. The three pillars of lasting peace – economic recovery, social cohesion and political legitimacy – cannot be achieved without the active engagement of women, he said adding that the UN needs to support efforts of national governments in this regard . . .

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