UN appoints first Victims' Rights Advocate

| Updated Oct 11, 2017 at 6:39pm


Jane Connors, newly-appointed Victims' Rights Advocate for the United Nations. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.


The United Nations has appointed an advocate for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Jane Connors of Australia will be the first person to hold the position, the global organization announced on Wednesday.

She is currently the International Advocacy Director for Law and Policy with Amnesty International in Geneva, and has had a long career in human rights and humanitarian assistance.

"As you will recall, in his report on 'Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: a new approach,' the Secretary-General pledged that the UN will put the rights and dignity of victims at the forefront of its efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse. As Victims' Rights Advocate, Ms. Connors will support an integrated, strategic response to victim assistance in coordination with UN system actors with responsibility for assisting victims. She will work with government institutions, civil society, and national and legal and human rights organizations to build networks of support and to help ensure that the full effect of local laws, including remedies for victims, are brought to bear." Stéphane Dujarric is Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General.