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Brad Pitt Supports Fiance Angelina Jolie at Day Three of Global Summit To End Sexual Violence!

Brad Pitt Supports Fiance Angelina Jolie at Day Three of Global Summit To End Sexual Violence!

Angelina Jolie looks chic and sophisticated in a black suit while attending day three of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on Wednesday (June 12) in London, England.

The 39-year-old actress and humanitarian, who is the official co-host for the conference, was joined by her fiance Brad Pitt and Foreign Secretary William Hague.

“It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict. There’s nothing inevitable about it,” Angelina recently expressed to CNN. “It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex, everything to do with power. We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence — that the shame is on the aggressor.”


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FYI: Angelina is wearing Saint Laurent. Brad is wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo suit.

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Pitt supporting Jolie at summit
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Published 12/06/2014 11:16

Brad Pitt has arrived with Angelina Jolie at the global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
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The Hollywood couple – with Foreign Secretary William Hague standing between them – posed for the large press pack at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands.
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The coming together of an “unlikely double act” – Angelina and Mr Hague – is an example of how foreign policy should be conducted in future, the Foreign Secretary said while attending the summit.
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The Maleficent actress, who is special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was dressed in an entirely black outfit, having been in white for the first two days of the event. Reminiscent of their matching outfits at this year’s Bafta awards, her tuxedo-style jacket and trousers was similar to Brad’s dark suit.
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Brad, who starred alongside Angelina in Mr And Mrs Smith, was also wearing dark-rimmed glasses. The combination of Angelina’s star power along with government could be “formidable”, Mr Hague said previously. He also said the film star was “a pleasure to work with”.
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He said: “My admiration for her work has grown even greater over the last two years. “She has the power to speak to the whole world, to raise awareness, change attitudes. “Governments like the one I am a member of hold in their hands levers of decision making and action. “And this combination can be formidable.
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“And is in many respects a strong example of the future of foreign policy and how it should be conducted. “It’s no longer the sole preserve of governments.” He said Angelina brought “vast expertise”, adding: “She is an inspiration.”
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Angelina and Mr Hague are co-chairing the four-day global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) – now in its third day – and have launched an international protocol which they hope will “really, truly end impunity”.
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At an event this morning where the Hollywood star and Conservative politician both spoke, Brad looked on from the front row.
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Baroness Warsi, who was sitting in the row behind the Hollywood heartthrob, was heard joking with one woman before Brad took his seat: “This is Team Hague.”
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In her speech, addressing delegates and officials from all over the world, Angelina said: “We are here for the nine-year-old girl in Uganda, kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.
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“We are here for the man in Bosnia, years after rape, still stigmatised, unable to earn enough money to buy bread for his family.
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“We are here for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed or been abandoned.
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“And for the children of rape – we want the whole world to hear their stories and understand that this injustice cannot be tolerated, and that sorrow and compassion are not enough.”
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The audience was shown short film clips featuring the hashtag #TimeToAct, which is now trending on Twitter. Also present at the event is human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who has become engaged to Brad’s friend and fellow pin-up George Clooney. The Oxford-educated barrister, who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has been described as a “passionate defender of human rights”.
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groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:18 am

Great to see a male figure as popular and respected around the world as Brad Pitt is giving his support to this cause.
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Lovely that Mr. Hague has already written the biography of Mr. Pitt. ;)

Clooney’s future wife was in audience.

Now ‘Hollywood Hague’ hangs out with Brad too: Starstruck Foreign Secretary steps out with Pitt and Jolie as A-list couple join him at war rape summit
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Published: 09:56, 12 June 2014 | Updated: 12:49, 12 June 2014
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• Arrived at the ExCel in London’s Docklands for sexual violence summit
• It is the first day the Tomb Raider actress has been joined by her partner
• Foreign Secretary said the ‘double act’ could be future of foreign policy
• Trio all arrived in black suits and posed for photographers at the entrance
• They have joined officials from more than 100 governments at the event
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In the commons, he is flanked by the likes of Theresa May and Philip Hammond. So when William Hague walked into a summit between Hollywood’s most famous couple, it was likely he was going to be a little starstruck.
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The Foreign Secretary arrived alongside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for the third day of the global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. As they entered the ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands, the Conservative politician stood in the middle of the Hollywood couple to pose for photographs.
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The coming together of an ‘unlikely double act’ – Jolie and Mr Hague – is an example of how foreign policy should be conducted in future, the Conservative politician said last night.

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The Tomb Raider actress, who is special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is dressed in an entirely black outfit, having been in white for the first two days of the summit.
Her partner wore a black suit with an open white shirt and sunglasses, while Mr Hague donned a pink tie.
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The combination of Jolie’s star power along with government can be ‘formidable’, Mr Hague said last night. He also said the film star is ‘a pleasure to work with’.
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He said: ‘My admiration for her work has grown even greater over the last two years. ‘She has the power to speak to the whole world, to raise awareness, change attitudes.
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‘Governments like the one I am a member of hold in their hands levers of decision making and action. And this combination can be formidable.
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‘And is in many respects a strong example of the future of foreign policy and how it should be conducted. ‘It’s no longer the sole preserve of governments.’
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He said Jolie brings ‘vast expertise’, adding: ‘She is an inspiration.’
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Jolie and Mr Hague are co-chairing the four-day global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) – now in its third day – and have launched an international protocol which they hope will ‘really, truly end impunity’.
At an event this morning where the Hollywood star and Conservative politician both spoke, Pitt looked on from the front row.
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Baroness Warsi, who was sitting in the row behind the Hollywood heartthrob, was heard joking with one woman before Pitt took his seat: ‘This is Team Hague.’
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In her speech, addressing delegates and officials from all over the world, Jolie said: ‘We are here for the nine-year-old girl in Uganda, kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.
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‘We are here for the man in Bosnia, years after rape, still stigmatised, unable to earn enough money to buy bread for his family.
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‘We are here for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed or been abandoned.
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‘And for the children of rape – we want the whole world to hear their stories and understand that this injustice cannot be tolerated, and that sorrow and compassion are not enough.’
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The audience was shown short film clips featuring the hashtag £TimeToAct, which is now trending on Twitter.
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The summit has seen diplomats, officials and non-profit representatives from more than 100 countries gather to press for the rights of victims of sexual violence — women, men and children alike. While Mr Hague and Miss Jolie may seem an odd couple, even by the standards of Hollywood, they have made a number of visits to war zones around the world together.
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Last year Oscar winner Miss Jolie was named by Forbes magazine as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress.
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Yesterday, she was moved close to tears as she listened to the harrowing accounts of women who had endured sexual violence in conflict zones. She embraced Neema Namadamu after speech depicting the struggle of women in the Congo.
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Neema is an advocate for change in Congo, and founder of the Maman Shujaa, the ‘Hero Women of the Congo’ who fight for the rights of women. She who was struck down with polio at age two, and became the first disabled woman to graduate from Congo’s national university. She began campaigning when her 25-year-old daughter was attacked by a group of men metres from her own home in the Congo.

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Shortcut to:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2656044/Now-Hollywood-Hague-hangs-Brad-Starstruck-Foreign-Secretary-steps-Pitt-Jolie-A-list-couple-join-war-rape-summit.html

Angelina Jolie addresses anti-rape summit; equates rape to weapon in war
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Thursday 12 Jun, 2014
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Superstar Angelina Jolie – a special envoy to the UN Refugee Agency – kick-started the four-day global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) alongside British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London at the ExCel conference centre yesterday.
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Addressing the crowd, the actress said, “It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict. There is nothing inevitable about it.”
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Jolie equated rape to a weapon in war which is aimed at civilians. Jolie said that rape is about power and that “it is done to torture and humiliate innocent people and often very young children.”
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Criticising sexual violence inflicted upon women in very similar terms, Hague said to BBC Breakfast that rape was one of the biggest mass crimes in 20th century and it continues to be so in 21st century as well.
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“If anything, this is getting worse – war zone rape as a weapon of war, used systematically and deliberately against civilian populations.”
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Speaking highly of the actress, he continued, “What this campaign needs is big powerful governments of the world, like us, with a big diplomatic network and a big development budget to really get involved and take action, as we are.”
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“But it also needs people who will be listened to in a different way from governments and speak with their own personal authority and Angelina Jolie brings that. She is very committed to this, very knowledgeable about the issues, she has come up with many of the ideas for the campaign. She and I have been working closely on this for the last two years and we will keep doing so.”
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The 39-year-old actress opened the biggest ever summit to tackle the issue wearing a crisp white Michael Kors skirt and blazer with her long hair tucked into a bun.
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Shortcut to:http://www.thenewsreports.com/angelina-jolie-addresses-anti-rape-summit/5061/devrupa-rakshit

I do not believe Mr. Hague is star struck with Brad the media is always over stating. Brad is on center stage with political power and not with Hollywood personnel.

Where are their children?

I notice that George’s girl wants to be notice.

Comment: Hague’s plan to end sexual violence in conflict must include Afghanistan
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 9:52 AM By Manizha Naderi
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William Hague nailed his colours to the mast in his opening speech at this week’s End Sexual Violence meeting when he said: “The summit is not the end of the road for our work. In many ways it is just the beginning”.
In so many respects I couldn’t agree more.
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Working in Afghanistan – a conflict zone – where violence against women is endemic and women are killed in Taliban-controlled areas as a way of discouraging other women to speak out publicly, I and my female colleagues risk our lives on a daily basis to defend women’s rights. We provide counselling, shelter and legal aid for women and girls who endure domestic violence, forced marriages, rape and other sexual violations. Yet for this, our staff in some parts of the country regularly receive death threats and are attacked, making it all the more difficult to carry out their tasks. In fact, there are presently no women’s shelters in the east or south of the country, because of the dreadful security situation.
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The British government has committed to ensuring a stable transition in Afghanistan as their troops withdraw. As such, Mr Hague’s speech cannot be allowed to be just slick podium-talk. It has to produce concrete political action.
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There are now only six months to go before UK troops withdrawal and with the second round of presidential elections taking place tomorrow, the country remains in a very precarious situation. There is a real risk that as the UK and the US pull out, the security situation will rapidly deteriorate, and as an Afghan woman, I know all too well that it’s always the women and girls who are hit the hardest when that happens.
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If security does deteriorate then protection for the women and men promoting peace and human rights will become even more important. In her opening Ending Sexual Violence summit speech, the UN’s Special Envoy Angelina Jolie quoted from the co-architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Eleanor Roosevelt – who said “the destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens”.
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True, it is in our hands as Afghan citizens. But we must be empowered to use our hands to defend those rights. And we can only do so if other governments, notably the UK, live up to their commitments and prioritise women rights defenders in Afghanistan
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A plan of action is desperately needed over things like how to pressure the Afghan authorities when someone receives threats, the provision of well-targeted training and small grants to help people to relocate to another city if their lives are at risk. Such commitments can really make a world of difference for the work we carry out.
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So Mr Hague – to you I say this: thank you for putting together such an energising and invigorating conference, where so many leaders spoke of making real commitments to ending sexual and gender-based violence. But also, Mr Hague, your words were heard not just in London’s Excel Centre but by women and girls across Afghanistan. They are counting on you to lead by example and to really deliver on your commitment to support women fighting for their rights.
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Manizha Naderi is the executive director of Women for Afghan Women and one of an Amnesty delegation of women human rights defenders who attended the ESVI summit.
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Shortcut to: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2014/06/12/comment-hague-s-plan-to-end-sexual-violence-in-conflict-must

THE TAMBOURINE MAN @ 06/12/2014 at 8:27 am

Oh lookey lookey Brad Pitty’s there. You just knew it. Couldn’t stay away from spotlights. Now mingling with important people aren’t we! No more shitcom x-listers. How his life changed with the right girl. He looks alive now.
Angie loves intelligent man. Is he scared, jealous? What these powerful folks think of the tambourine man? Must be on everyone’s mind. Bwhaha.

Why is not CLOONEY THERE? He is SUCH INTO CAUSES!

groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:30 am

@It’s Been Lucrative:
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NWO Satanists
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LOL! You must have seen Satan’s selfie with them. His twitter feed on the summit is inspiring and insightful. Who knew Beezelbub had it in him?
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SMH

#groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:18 am
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Good Morning Groundcontrol
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ITA ,also might add, it also gives such an empowering message across to others too, (Brad standing By Angie at this event) its empowering for other Men to follow suit to support this cause too & their women.

#groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:18 am
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Also need to add there is nothing more sexy in this world when a partner/husband stands by his woman.
PS GC,don’t forget to close your windows I have feeling there might be Screaming in the Ocean today LOL

Besides President Clinton who has Brad politically associated himself with?

Note Brad is admired by Hollywood people, Clooney is Brad’s so called buddy, uses women for his own ego and PR.

PEOPLE SAY ANGELINA DOES NOT HAVE FRIENDS, WELL SHE DOES NOT CATERED THE HOLLYWOOD NO BRAINERS, AS BRAD DOES, HOLLYWOOD IS HIS FAMILY OF SO CALL ASSOCIATES.

groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:39 am

@great:
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Where are their children?
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Oh for heaven’s sake (pardon the irony), do you know nothing? They’re with a lesser demon of course.
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okay enough schooling fools.

I Love this photo of Brad & Angie

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Brad Pitt adds support to Jolie at warzone rape meeting
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12 Jun 2014 – 10:13 PM UPDATED 14 MINS AGO

The Hollywood couple — with British Foreign Secretary William Hague standing between them — posed for a bank of cameras as they arrived at the conference venue.
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Jolie wore a black tuxedo-style jacket and trousers and Pitt a dark suit and sunglasses.
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A government source told AFP that Pitt had wanted to show his support to the cause “but I doubt he’ll speak. He’ll leave it to Angelina: it’s her baby”.
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Jolie’s co-host Hague said Wednesday the star power of Jolie, who is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, allied with the work of governments, could be “formidable”.
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“She has the power to speak to the whole world, to raise awareness, change attitudes.
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“Governments like the one I am a member of hold in their hands levers of decision-making and action.
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“And this combination can be formidable.
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“And is in many respects a strong example of the future of foreign policy and how it should be conducted.
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“It’s no longer the sole preserve of governments.”
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The conference, featuring decision-makers and victims of warzone rape, has launched a protocol of proposals on how best to document rapes in war in an attempt to vastly increase the number of prosecutions.
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Jolie has said up to 50,000 women were sexually assaulted during the war in Bosnia — but “only just over 60 people” have ever been successfully prosecuted.
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Hague will meet Nigeria’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the conference on Thursday to discuss violence in northern Nigeria, in the wake of the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by the Boko Haram Islamist group.
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Shortcut to: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/12/brad-pitt-adds-support-jolie-warzone-rape-meeting

groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:41 am

@Phool.:
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I’ll bring my ear plugs with me. ;)

I want to hear Brad speak.

So let’s see the trolls are upset that Brad is there. hmmm. I think if he had not been there their comments would be that he doesn’t support her and why was he in London if he was not going to be there

See that is the thing. They spin to the left or right depending on the circumstance. I remember when Angie was at the MIR Gala they said that Brad didn’t want her there. That he was ignoring her. That she pushed her way in.. Now they are saying the same thing about Brad.. why is he there. he is trying to get attention.

same script different name.

Brad and Angie have always always been there for each other. We have seen couple after couple break up over the years. Some of them were so high and mighty saying how they didn’t do this or that; and now they are over.

Brad and Angie love and support each other..

I guess it is another thing the trolls can’t handle.

Stuart Hughes‏@stuartdhughes4h
Interviewing @williamjhague and Angelina Jolie at #timetoact – running soon on @BBCnews pic.twitter.com/CkFMRr8NW9
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https://twitter.com/stuartdhughes/status/477002006113312768/photo/1

News story
Remarks at the Minister’s Day Opening Plenary
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William Hague and Angelina Jolie remarks at the opening plenary of Minister’s Day at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
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Remarks from Foreign Secretary William Hague
Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning and thank you all for being here today for this unprecedented event.

It is hugely inspiring to see more than 123 countries represented in this room today, many UN agencies and international organisations, faith leaders, military leaders, lawyers, Nobel laureates, dedicated activists and courageous survivors.

This is truly a Summit like no other. Just a few minutes’ walk away are a multitude of exhibitions, stalls, performances and events that bring home the horrors of sexual violence and the unsung heroism of those who have suffered this appalling crime and yet gone on to rebuild their lives and their communities.

After two days of civil society events and expert discussions I am more convinced than ever that all of our governments must dramatically increase their efforts to eradicate their appalling crimes.

First, because this is a matter of our common humanity.

I defy anyone to read the testimony of survivors, to hear their voices, to meet them in person and not to be moved to take up this struggle.

Sexual violence is a uniquely destructive act and tactic of war, and an outrage to all morality.

Survivors must not only go through the trauma of the attack, too often they then face rejection by their families and sometimes reprisals from their communities.

They must see their attackers every day walking free on the street, or holding positions of authority, while they are made to feel ashamed and stay silent.

This is not a situation that our consciences can tolerate.

And I firmly believe that as foreign ministers we must not just fight the flames of one crisis after another in our daily work; we must also work positively to improve the condition of humanity.

But it is not only our values that are at stake, sexual violence in conflict undermines international peace and security, and this is the second reason we must act now to tackle this scourge.

Warzone rape not only devastates individual lives, it divides communities, making the wounds of war that much harder to heal. It holds back development, drives refugee flows and undermines regional stability.

In a world where events in one country can rapidly affect not just neighbouring countries but others thousands of miles away, this is an issue that none of us can ignore.

Third, if we do not tackle these issues now, it will only get worse.

By undermining reconciliation, deepening grievances and devastating communities, sexual violence fuels a cycle of conflict and more abuses that is immensely destructive.

We are all here because we have made a commitment to end sexual violence in conflict but now the time has come for practical action.

We must all work together to shatter the culture of impunity for sexual violence in conflict at every level.

We must ensure the right laws are in place to hold the perpetrators of these crimes to account, whether they directly committed rape or they commanded it.

And we must ensure that all those working to document these crimes have the understanding and the skills to investigate them while protecting survivors, which is why yesterday we launched the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Above all as governments we must send the message internationally and at home that rape in war is not some lesser crime – it is an atrocity of the first order and there must be no safe haven for perpetrators anywhere in the world.

I hope governments, international organisations and the civil society organisations here today can all use the International Protocol in training, in policies and in practice to help bring the full weight of the law down on this terrible abuse.

But in addition to making use of every legal avenue, we must also do more to reduce the immediate danger to women and men in conflict zones around the world.

I hope all countries can give preventing sexual violence the weight it deserves in their military doctrines and train soldiers and peacekeepers to apply simple steps that can dramatically reduce the risks of attacks and to respond appropriately to sexual violence when it does occur.

Survivors need more support both in emergencies and after conflict has subsided. Mobilising this support is another of our key objectives at this Summit.

The UK has this week committed another £5 million to improving services for survivors of sexual violence in conflict worldwide and we have also announced another £1 million in support for the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims.

tbc

#groundcontrol @ 06/12/2014 at 8:41 am
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WHAT DID YOU SAY ?, I can’t hear you. My earplugs are already buried in right up to my eardrums LOL.

I hope other governments will be able to do more to help survivors to gain access the support they desperately need and help the human rights defenders who campaign to bring justice.

And finally, I hope we can work together through this Summit to produce a global shift in attitudes. We must debunk the myth that rape in war is somehow inevitable, we must demonstrate the scale of the problem, acknowledge its impact on every continent and on men and boys as well as women and girls. We must transform world opinion and ingrain an opposition to this crime so deep that it will strike fear into the heart of any would-be perpetrator.

Our goal is not to impose solutions: it is to help countries that are themselves dealing with this crime and its legacy, like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia who will be discussing their work later today;

Our aim is to work in partnership with the UN, supporting Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura and UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict so that they can maintain and intensify their valuable efforts;

And it is to work with regional organisations, from the Organisation of American States to the African Union to the OSCE to the European Union so that no corner of the globe is left untouched by our campaign.

We have a unique opportunity over the next twenty four hours to intensify and extend our efforts to deal with this issue. It may take as many years or more to reach our goals, but every concrete step we take helps to erode the culture of impunity, to relieve survivors of their stigma and suffering, and to deter future perpetrators.

All of us gathered in this room, acting together, can make an enormous difference, and we must make sure it is lasting and profound.

The action that needs to be taken is the responsibility of governments but as you know this Summit is not just about governments. This brings together campaigners, survivors, sufferers who have the knowledge, the passion, often the quiet dignity that can teach important lessons to us all.

So let us be mindful of all that and also draw inspiration from the activists and artists in the Fringe and around the world drawing attention to these issues, changing attitudes and creating international momentum and I am delighted to introduce the winner of the British Embassy in Mexico’s video competition, a short film by Belem Ramirez who is here as part of the youth delegation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/remarks-at-the-ministers-day-opening-plenary

Final part.
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Remarks from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
I have heard it asked this week, why this issue, why now?

Why, in a world of so many problems, are we all focussing on this one?

Why does it matter?

Anyone who has met survivors and heard their stories knows that answer:

We are here for the nine-year old girl in Uganda, kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.

We are here for the man in Bosnia, years after rape still stigmatised, unable to earn enough money to buy bread for his family.

We are here for all the forgotten, hidden survivors who have been made to feel ashamed, or been abandoned, and for the children of rape.

We want the whole world to hear their stories, and understand that this injustice cannot be tolerated, and that sorrow and compassion are not enough.

As one woman told me yesterday – we’ve had enough of words. We want action.

Many brave men and women have been fighting to protect victims of warzone rape for years, and many are with us today.

But we as an international community have never done enough to stop this abuse.

And we do survivors a disservice when they know we are aware but do nothing to hold perpetrators accountable.

Our outrage does not help the woman who walks into her attacker on the street – free as a bird, free to abuse others, because of this global culture of impunity.

And today, we have an opportunity to begin to change that.

My plea to you today, is to see both the individuals who have suffered, and the bigger picture:

To think what we would each be prepared to do, as individuals, to prevent those we love from suffering – and apply that protective instinct to the world’s most vulnerable people.

And to remember, looking at the sweep of history, that we do have the power to eradicate injustice, with political will and determination.

These crimes of sexual violence are bigger than any one conflict or national interest.

And for all the things we struggle to agree upon as nations, the abhorrence of rape cannot be one of them.

So I ask all the governments here today, to move from condemnation to action:

To be ready to change and improve your laws so they offer proper protections;

To write the prevention of sexual violence into the training of your militaries and police forces;

To support and implement the new International Protocol, to drive up the number of prosecutions;

And to fund the UN efforts and NGO projects that work with survivors to heal them emotionally and help them, help them to gain support and justice.

Warzone rape is a preventable crime.

So our response must never again be that these things simply happen.

It can never be, that peace is more important than justice – or that money is in short supply – or that there are other priorities.

I have heard some people say that we have set ourselves an impossible task.

But the greater the problem the greater our determination should be.

Look around you, look at how many of us are here, at all the countries represented, and think of what we could accomplish together.

Think of what difference we will make if we apply all the lessons learned at this summit, and bring to bear all your influence and expertise.

Think of what that would mean for millions of people.

I am hopeful that we can unite on this issue – and I thank all the governments that have taken a stand by supporting our declaration and coming to London.

This Summit is a model for a new way of working together.

And this single issue is now a centre point.

It is just the beginning. There are many crimes, abuses in all forms, that we must confront together.

But let us begin here – and let us expand from here.

Thank you
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