On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Federica Mogherini, High Representative/ Vice-President, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement:
“Sexual violence in conflict, as well as all forms of violence and discrimination against women, girls, men and boys is a flagrant and unacceptable violation of human rights. Every person, who has suffered from sexual violence must have the right to comprehensive services, justice and reparations. It is the primary responsibility of all States, to support and assist the victims, as well as to hold perpetrators of sexual violence to account, to prevent and deter these crimes.
As a global leader, the European Union has taken decisive and concrete action to prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. We assist at least 700.000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in getting access to protection from sexual and gender-based violence through our Trust Fund for Syria. To tackle past abuses against women, we are preparing support to assist transitional justice processes in Kosovo, Colombia and the Philippines. And last year alone, the EU humanitarian aid for the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence reached almost 3.4 million women, men, girls and boys through 84 different projects.
Our engagement to achieve true gender equality, conflict prevention, sustaining peace and realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is at the heart of our daily work. Empowering women is an effective way to advance conflict prevention, conflict resolution, relief and recovery and for building sustainable peace. Along with our active contributions to tackling the root causes of conflict, we will continue to address inequalities and to help build peaceful and inclusive societies. These work goes hand in hand with the key objectives of the European Union’s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy and the new European Consensus on Development.
We work in a comprehensive and coherent manner to eliminate all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against women, men, girls and boys. This will continue to guide the implementation of relevant United Nations’ and EU measures, such as Comprehensive Approach to the EU implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, our Action Plan for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in EU External Relations for the period 2016-2020, our Guide to Practical Actions at EU level for Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, our Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019, our Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls and Combating all Forms of Discrimination against them and our policy on Transitional Justice.
The EU is also leading by example in preventing sexual and gender-based violence and protecting individuals and communities from it within the European Union. We have allocated robust financial support for Member States and grassroots efforts to prevent gender-based violence and support its victims in the European Union.
The EU has also taken steps towards accession to the Council of Europe’s ‘Istanbul Convention’ on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. This month, the EU will take over the leadership of the ‘Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies’.
We have achieved a lot, together. And we won’t stop working each and every day until women, men, girls and boys are able to lead a life free from fear and violence anywhere in the world.“
Recently, a judge in Germany acquitted a Turkish drug dealer of raping one of his customers last August. He had forced himself on her for four hours and left her incapacitated for weeks. He told the judge that in the culture from where he came, what she had experienced as rape might be considered merely wild sex. What culture is this?
Every month in Turkey, at least forty women are killed, two hundred women are exposed to sexual violence, and one hundred children are molested. Many children are sexually abused for years, and often attempt suicide.
63% percent of femicide is committed by husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers or sons. Stupid courts state that the murder of women in Turkey is spurred more than half the time by women! It is supposedly their fault: they actually wanted to make decisions about their lives, such as getting a divorce, before they were murdered. Worse, nearly a third of those are classified by authorities as suspicious murders, perpetrated by unknown assailants.
Torturing women to death is also increasingly widespread, as well as killing young children along with their mothers. One case involved a man who slit the throats of his ex-wife and their five-year-old daughter.
As above, crimes against girls and women are often shrugged off by Turkey’s criminal justice system. One case in point is of a man acquitted by a judge in Eskisehir; the man was accused by his cousin of repeated rape and death threats, from the time the victim was 13 years old. After a nine-month trial and massive evidence against him, the man was acquitted.
Although crimes against women take place all over the world, practices such as sexual enslavement and stoning to death are far more widespread in Islamic societies, where they are also socially and legally tolerated — as rooted in Islamic scripture. The Quran, for instance, allows men to beat his wives.
Tragically, Europe, when Muslims are the perpetrators, seems to be adopting the sharia approach to rape.
A man who raped a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Austria has had his conviction overturned after judges found he may have believed the child consented. Police said the 20-year-old Iraqi refugee, who has not been named, assaulted his victim in a toilet cubicle at the Theresienbad swimming pool in Vienna. The child reported the rape to a lifeguard and his attacker was arrested at the scene, reportedly telling officers in initial interviews that he was experiencing a sexual emergency after not having sex in four months. In June, he was jailed for a minimum of six years for rape and aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, and ordered to pay €4,700 (£3,700) compensation to the boy’s family. The victim’s mother told us her son had been screaming and crying every night since the attack and had talked of suicide.
A young left-wing German politician has admitted she lied to police about the racial background of three men who raped her in case it triggered reprisals against refugees in her country. Selin Gören, the national spokeswoman of the left-wing youth movement Solid, was attacked by three men in the city of Mannheim where she works as a refugee activist. The 24-year-old was ambushed late at night in a playground where she was forced to perform a sex act on her attackers. After the assault, she went straight to the police — but she did not tell them the ethnic make-up of the men, that they were speaking Arabic or Farsi. Selin, aware of the backlash that migrants suffered after the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve – when hundreds of women were sexually assaulted and robbed by marauding gangs of immigrant youths – instead said she was robbed and said her attackers spoke German. Now she has told us why she lied, because she did not want to stoke more hatred against migrants in Germany.
These examples are merely a sampling of what is becoming commonplace across Europe. In the name of human rights, inclusion, diversity and equality, enlightened activists and judicial authorities are apologizing for and excusing Muslim criminals for behavior that would not be tolerated from anyone else, and that should not be tolerated.
By overlooking or justifying Islamic atrocities, Europeans are not only endangering innocent women and children; they are actually encouraging rape and other forms of violence. Meanwhile, they are also complicit in destroying Western values.
If one such value is multiculturalism, sadly — contrary to progressive belief — not all cultures are necessarily equal. Those cultures in which women and children as are viewed as property deserve no respect, and certainly not preferential treatment.
Do these judges work for sharia courts or for secular European courts? What kind of a message do these judges give to Muslim and other criminals in Europe with their decisions? These court rulings are an open call to Muslim men in Europe to rape women, children, anyone they like. What will a society be like to live in if the courts will be on the side of the rapists and they will not be held accountable?
Why not publicize that if people decide to move to a country, they must respect the citizens and laws of that country? Bringing the primitive aspects of one’s culture to a host country should not be encouraged or tolerated. Rape is always rape, assault is always assault, no matter who the perpetrator is. Western countries must stop tolerating Muslim criminals because of their religion. That is not wise public policy or even justice. Cultures and religions that do not respect women and others do not deserve to be respected.
Unfortunately, these extremely basic truths haven been largely ignored. The politically correct multiculturalists have created an environment in which some Europeans have forgotten what it means to stand up for reason, truth and justice- perhaps out of fear of being called racist; or the very misguided desire to prevent a backlash against Muslims. It would be nice if Muslims would help to prevent the frontlash.
By tolerating Muslim criminals in the name of human rights, tolerance, inclusion, diversity, or equality, however, these judges or activists are actually destroying those values. By taking the side of the rapists and becoming complicit in their crimes, they are encouraging rapists and turning everyone — including children — into potential victims. Trying to justify rapes and other crimes committed by Muslims is an attack against the safety and dignity of everyone.
Female genital mutilation is the cutting or removal of the clitoris and the labia, as a way of eliminating a Muslima’s sexual desire and pleasure, to guarantee that she be a virgin before marriage and remain faithful to her raghead afterwards. FGM has no health benefits, and it harms Muslimas in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of Muslimas’ bodies. Generally speaking, risks increase with increasing severity of the procedure. Procedures are mostly carried out on young Muslimas sometime between infancy and adolescence, and occasionally on adult Muslimas.
The influx of migrants from Islam into Occident has led to a dramatic and dangerous increase of FGM in Europe, UK, and USA. At least one Muslima each hour is subjected to this excruciating procedure in UK alone, 30 years after it was outlawed. One million Muslimas in Europe have undergone FGM, while many others are at risk of being forced to undergo it. In Germany, for example, a clinic was opened in 2013 to provide both physical and psychological treatment to victims of the procedure; an estimated 50,000 Muslimas in the country had been affected by it, with approximately 20,000 in Berlin. Called the Desert Flower Center, the endeavor was spearheaded and funded by Somali-born supermodel Waris Dirie, a prominent anti-FGM activist.