Angelina Jolie has appeared before a House of Lords of Sexual Violence in Conflict Select Committee to call for a “strong response” against Islamic State over the use of mass rape as “a centerpoint of their terror”.
Thousands of women and girls have been abducted, raped and sold into sexual slavery by Islamic State since the militant group declared a caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq last summer, according to the United Nations and rights groups.
Angelina Jolie is a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and has campaigned against the use of sexual violence in conflict. She is joined by former Foreign Secretary William Hague in Westminster. The pair are co-founders of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which campaigns for the victims of rape in war zones. They began this campaign in 2013 and launched a declaration to pursue those responsible and provide justice and safety for victims.
Angelina Jolie is a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and active campaigner against the use of sexual violence in conflict, said Islamic State was using rape as a “policy” and urged a “very strong response”.
In a post on “The Telegraph” Angelina Jolie stated:
“The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know, knows that it is a very effective weapon and they are using it as a centerpoint of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families, and attacking and dehumanizing,”
She went on to say:
“This terrorist group we are dealing with in Syria and Iraq is absolutely using rape. They are dictating it as policy. This is beyond something we have seen before… they are saying, ‘You should do this, this is the way to build a society, we ask you to rape.’
“We really have to have a very strong response at this time to this particular group.”
She praised the British government for taking the lead on the issue.
“What it means to be here with you at this committee, in your Parliament, knowing you are studying the best ways to help these women – I think that speaks to young women about their value, I’m very happy to be here,” Jolie told members of the select committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
She went on to describe some of the victims she had met – women, children and men – who have been raped in war zones.
“For over ten years I had been visiting the field and meeting with families and survivors of sexual violence who felt for so long that their voices simply didn’t matter – they weren’t heard and they carried a great shame.
Why did she join forces with Hague?
Jolie said of her film,’The Land of Blood and Honey’:
“I certainly did my best but felt very limited as an artist. We could express certain things and get people around the world feeling outraged or to condemn it, but it really has been a change in my view of the world, working closely with the government of the UK – realizing that for all that wonderful goodwill, laws need to change, policy needs to change, governments and leadership needs to come together and that’s what will make a real difference.”
Hague informed the committee that Jolie’s international celebrity had helped to put the issue on the global stage. He added:
“When Angelina made her film ‘The Land of Blood and Honey’, my special advisor at the time persuaded me to watch it and show it in the Foreign Office and that was what brought us together in PSVI.
“NGOs have done fantastic work and the real heroes are the hospital workers, the people who support survivors. But what was missing was a major country in the world using its seat at the United Nations and its diplomatic reach to raise this subject around the world.
“The other thing missing was the global reach which Angelina Jolie-Pitt has brought to help people all over the world see what an important subject it is. They were the two missing ingredients.”
I can’t even begin to imagine being a young women in these countries where the Islamic Terrorists come in and treat you like you were an object to be sold, raped and tormented. For these women and even children, their lives are destroyed. These women and children will never be the same again. They will have severe pyschological and emotional problems for the rest of their lives, because of these scumbags – the Islamic terrorists. This has got to be stopped! If not for America, for the sake of our society. No one deserves this kind of treatment! These were innocent lives until Islamic Terrorists destroyed them.
If you don’t think this can happen in America, in your own backyard, then I’ve got news for you – your head is buried in the sand! This is happening everywhere in the world where Islamic Terrorists are running wild. Don’t worry though Obama still thinks ISIS is a “JV team”. Well, Mr. Obama, I say the “JV team” is on the field and they are kicking our butts! You are making America weak.
The good news is we have a strong celebrity, Angelina Jolie, who is willing to fight the tough battle, even if you, our president won’t. Jolie is educating people around the world on the devastation of lives by Islamic Terrorists who are raping women and children. I agree with Jolie when she says “laws need to change, policy needs to change, …leadership needs to come together”. In otherwords Obama, get off your butt, stop golfing and take the fight to where the action is – go to the Middle East. While you’re at it – CLOSE THE BORDERS so these scumbags don’t get in. Because a country without borders is NOT a country. As long as our borders remain open, Islamic Terrorists will walk right in and take over, and we do not want to see young women and children getting raped in our own country because you refuse to acknowledge Islamic Terorists for what they really are – terrorists!
And if I may, while I’m on a roll, …..get rid of the stupid Sanctuary Cities. These cities are nothing more than a plan for you to import muslims and illegal immigrants into cities to flood America’s welfare system. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals 101. We are all NOT blind to your plan of destroying America! Just too bad many Americans didn’t get out to vote in 2012, because we could have stopped this insanity a long time ago. In the meantime, while we wait for a real conservative leader to get elected for our next president in 2016, like Senator Ted Cruz, we will keep praying that God is watching over our nation, and praying for people like Angelina Jolie. Unfortunately, it takes someone like Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood actress, to stand up and educate others about Islamic Terrorists and their brutal forces to rape and torture women and children, instead of the President of the United States.
Written by Nancy Hayes
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