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Angelina Jolie urges action against rape as a war weapon

Published on Mar 28, 2014 9:39 PM
 
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie (second left) and British Foreign Secretary (right) are welcomed upon arrival at Sarajevo International Airport late on March 27, 2014. Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Minister William Hague on Friday, March 28, 2014, urged the international community to stop the use of sexual violence as a war weapon. -- PHOTO: AFP

SARAJEVO (AFP) - Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Minister William Hague on Friday urged the international community to stop the use of sexual violence as a war weapon.

Jolie, whose 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" dealt with violence against women during Bosnia's war, urged peace missions around the world to make combatting sex crimes a priority.

"The use of rape as a weapon of war is one of the most harrowing and savage of these crimes against civilians," she told a conference in Bosnia's capital.

"This is rape so brutal, with such extreme violence, that it is even hard to talk about it," said the 38-year-old actress, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN's refugee agency.

 
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