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The Hague, 17 June 2011
ICTY Launches Web Feature on Crimes of Sexual Violence
The Outreach Programme of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has released a new feature on the prosecution of the crimes of sexual violence.
The feature describes the enormous contribution the Tribunal made to the prosecution and adjudication of crimes of this nature.
Together with its sister tribunal for Rwanda, the Tribunal was among the first courts of its kind to bring explicit charges of wartime sexual violence, and to define gender crimes such as rape and sexual enslavement under customary law.
From the first days of its mandate, the Office of the Prosecutor conducted investigations into reports of systematic detention and rape of women, men and children. Subsequently, almost half of those convicted by the ICTY have been found guilty of elements of crimes of sexual violence.
Thanks to the Tribunal’s pioneering achievements, treaties and conventions in existence throughout the 20th century, have finally been put in practice, and violations punished. Today, proceedings are ongoing for 19 accused whose indictments contain charges of sexual violence.
Available in English, French and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, the feature is part of the Outreach Programme’s wider efforts to consolidate and present the vast array of the Tribunal’s achievements as the institution nears the completion of its mandate.
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