The United Nations has passed a resolution to combat sexual violence in conflict zones, but only after it was watered-down amid objections from the United States

Washington threatened a veto at the UN Security Council vote on Tuesday over references to "sexual and reproductive health", saying the wording amounted to support for abortion.  

Eventually, 13 countries voted for an amended text without the controversial phrase.

The final version also removed a reference to a UN monitoring body that would report acts of sexual violence.

What's really behind Washington's position? And how much is politics at play?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Rina Shah - Republican strategist and consultant

Antonia Mulvey - Executive director of Legal Action World Wide

Angela Muvumba Sellstrom - Researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, University of Uppsala

Source: Al Jazeera News