As part of our #48AnHour campaign, which was launched on Wednesday 26th, Alliance Deputy Leader Naomi Long, MP, tabled an Early Day Parliamentary Motion (EDM 1180: Tackling Warzone Rape in Congo and Beyond) with cross party support and states to help raise awareness of the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo and in other conflict zone. The Motion states:
“That this House notes the horrific continuation of the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war in conflicts around the world; further notes the shocking scale of this crisis in Congo where an estimated 48 women are raped every hour; applauds the work of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to end these atrocious crimes; welcomes his initiative to host an international conference on warzone rape with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in the UK; supports Save the Congo’s 48AnHour campaign which aims to mobilise international effort to end Congo’s culture of impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war and for crimes of international concern; and calls on the Secretary of State to support the creation of a hybrid international Criminal Tribunal for Congo to address impunity behind the wars, revenge attacks and conflicts that continue to consume the Congolese people.”
So far, over 22 MP have already co-signed it. We need you to get your MP on board. Please write to your MP today urging him or her to sign our “Early Day Motion 1180: Tackling Warzone Rape in Congo and Beyond” and join our calls for real actions to end international impunity for warzone rape, and other crimes committed, in Congo.
Subject: EDM 1180: Tackling Warzone Rape in Congo and Beyond.
Dear [MP’s name] MP,
As one of your constituents, I am writing to ask you to sign Early Day Motion 1180: Tackling Warzone Rape in Congo and Beyond, which calls for the creation of an International Criminal Tribunal for Congo to end international impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and the commission of other crimes of international concern, in Congo.
I am supporting this campaign because I am deeply concerned about the wars, the killing, the use of rape as a weapon of war and conflict minerals in Congo and I want this forgotten crises to end. The campaign is already backed by dozens of MPs and Peers as well as religious leaders and student-led groups , and fast-growing numbers of the general public.
Now it needs all-party government support.
As my representative to parliament, I urge you to add your signature to this Early Day Motion, to show the UK has a united ask for the creation of an International Criminal Tribunal for Congo.
For your convenience, the text of the Early Day Motion is reproduced below this letter. More information on the campaign can be found at the Save the Congo website: www.savethecongo.org.uk
Thank you for your support,
[Your name & details of your town/constituency]