WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2015 – Human Rights champion and actress Angelina Jolie joined William Hague, British Conservative politician and life peer, to speak before the U.K.’s House of Lords in September.
During her remarks, Jolie spoke out against the global lack of a response to the scourge of the militant group ISIS. She previously has made remarks referencing President Obama’s lack of action in this area.
Jolie told the Houses of Parliament she has been campaigning for Middle Eastern victims of sexual abuse for over a decade and that there is little doubt that the Islamic State group militants use sexual violence as a means to perpetuate terrorism.
Jolie is a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and co-founder of the group Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
Jolie previously addressed the UN in April 2015 criticizing its “lack of political will” to fight the terrorist group.
Jolie, who has visited the war zones where ISIS’s rape culture terrorism flourishes, spoke about the need to recognize the victims of ISIS violence as victims instead of criminals, and she said that support must be given to them.
In some Islamic cultures the person raped is often treated as being somehow guilty that the attack happened. The victim can be killed, sometimes by stoning, for her “transgression.” “I think the most important thing to understand is what it’s not. It’s not sexual, it is a violent, brutal terrorising weapon. Unfortunately it is everywhere, in and out of conflict in every country basically. I can’t think of one where there is not this issue.”
She said so-called IS was explicitly saying to its fighters: “‘We ask you to rape.’ They are saying, ‘you should do this, this is the way to build a society’.”
Jolie called for strong leadership to overcome this threat and said Obama’s response to ISIS has been less than effective, bemoaning the failure to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice. That failure creates a denial of the victims’ right to justice and redress.
She said that ISIS is being allowed to build a society based on Sharia Law, which mandates horrific rape, violence against woman and children, men and women, boys and girls. “They are dictating it as policy beyond what we have seen before,” Jolie said. “They are saying, ‘We should do this, this is the right way to build a society, so we tell you to rape.’”
The rule of Islamic militants includes creating a world not focused on growing food or educating children, but rather on kidnapping, enslaving and raping women with the goal to endlessly churn a cycle of terrorism.
According to Jolie, a lack of response by U.S. leadership has allowed these barbaric radical Muslims to thrive. “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 explained. “For over 10 years, I have been visiting the field and meeting families and survivors of sexual violence who felt for so long that their voices simply didn’t mater, they weren’t heard, and they carried a great shame.”
Jolie called for “a very, very strong response at this time” to stop ISIS.
Two months after her appearance, one could ponder whether President Obama has heard Hague and Jolie-Pitt.