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[Perspectives] Christine Chinkin: defender of human rights

“Hague’s rape summit with Angelina cost £5 million—and achieved nothing at all” screeched a British tabloid headline recently, after documents revealed the cost of last year’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict headed by the then UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie. It was a headline, says Christine Chinkin, which spectacularly missed the point. “The summit certainly did a lot to raise awareness of the very high incidence of various forms of sexual violence associated with conflict, but if people thought the [Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative] was actually going to lead to immediate results then clearly that was a misapprehension”, she says.