Written statement to Parliament

UK supporting trust fund for victims of sexual violence

The UK is contributing to the International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims to support victims of sexual and gender based violence.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon William Hague

The Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

I can announce today that the UK will contribute an additional £500,000 to the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims. This is in addition to two previous donations I announced in April 2011 and July 2012, amounting to £1 million. This brings the total UK support to the ICC Trust Fund for Victims since 2011 to £1.5 million. We believe the Trust Fund for Victims is doing excellent work in supporting victims of sexual and gender based violence during conflict. The Trust Fund for Victims was established by the States Parties of the ICC in 2002 to benefit the victims of crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction. It is entirely funded by voluntary donations. The focus of its work so far has been in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where its project work provides assistance to the victims of the most serious crimes, including torture and sexual violence. It is making an important difference in helping the victims of serious crimes rebuild their lives. The Government is calling upon G8 countries for similar support to initiatives such as the Trust Fund for Victims to help alleviate the significant suffering caused by these horrific acts of violence and take action to prevent these crimes from occurring.

Further Information

Read more about the ICC’s Trust Fund for Victims

Read about the UK’s preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative

Published 12 February 2013