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A United Nations envoy trying to prevent sexual violence in conflicts is urging government leaders to prohibit sexual attacks by security forces and reinforce justice systems to ensure punishment for perpetrators.


   Zainab Hawa Bangura told the Security Council she has been urging leaders in "priority countries" over the past two years to sign agreements with the U.N. to carry out these and other security sector reforms.


   She reported "tangible results" in Congo, where there have been widespread reports of rape and sexual abuse by soldiers.


   In 2014, Bangura said, military tribunals convicted 135 people of violent sexual crimes including 76 from the armed forces, 41 from the national police and 18 members of armed groups.


   Her briefing Thursday came amid multiple reports of rape by U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic.

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