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Outreach Programme documentary on sexual violence premieres in The Hague

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The Hague, 1 February 2012
Outreach Programme documentary on sexual violence premieres in The Hague


The Tribunal’s Outreach Programme yesterday organised the premiere of its feature-length documentary "Sexual Violence and the Triumph of Justice" at the Humanity House in The Hague. The event was attended by some 100 guests, among whom were diplomats, journalists, NGO representatives, and senior officials from international courts in The Hague.

The documentary depicts the Tribunal’s historic role in the prosecution and adjudication of wartime sexual violence. The documentary includes interviews with former and current senior staff members of the ICTY, as well as testimonies from witnesses and survivors of sexual violence, who bravely gave evidence at trials.

The screening was followed by a round table discussion. The panel was composed of Rob Barsony, the Director of the documentary, Michelle Jarvis, ICTY’s Senior Legal Adviser to the Prosecutor and Senior Appeals Counsel, Helena Vranov Schoorl, Head of Support Unit of the ICTY’s Victims and Witnesses Section, and Gloria Atiba Davies, Head of Gender and Children Unit at the ICC. The panelists spoke about the challenges of prosecuting crimes of sexual violence, the role of the ICC in further combating impunity for these crimes, and the challenges of securing witness testimonies and providing them with the necessary support.

Available in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), the documentary will be screened at special events in the countries of the former Yugoslavia in coming weeks.

The production of this documentary forms part of the Tribunal’s efforts to raise awareness and understanding of the crimes committed during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, and its achievements in punishing those responsible and setting a legal precedent internationally. 


The trailer of the documentary and footage of the launch is available on the ICTY YouTube channel

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