UN security council classifies rape a "war tactic"

With a document detailing the use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to global security, the United Nations Security Council this week voted unanimously to approve resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war.

The former commander of the UN peacekeeping force in eastern Congo, Maj Gen Patrick Cammaert, told the BBC he had personally witnessed its impact.

"It's a very effective weapon, because the communities are totally destroyed," he said.

"You destroy communities. You punish the men, and you punish the women, doing it in front of the men."

Link (Thanks, Susannah Breslin; also spotted on Warren Ellis' blog)