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Landmark Sexual Violence Case Opens in Guatemala

On Monday, February 1, a court in Guatemala City began hearing the Sepur Zarco case, the first  case of sexual violence related to Guatemala's 36-year internal armed conflict being prosecuted in a Guatemalan court. The case involves charges of sexual and domestic slavery charged as crimes against humanity and war crimes in relation to allegations that a former soldier and a former military commander held Qek'chi Mayan women of rural communities for up to six years, forcing them to take turns performing household duties and being raped at the military outpost of the community of Sepur Zarco. For more information about this significant case, see pieces on the IntLawGrrls blog and in the International Justice Monitor.

 
Suspect Wanted for Organizing Massacres and Mass Rapes During Rwandan Genocide Captured

Ladislas Ntaganzwa, one of nine suspects originally wanted for prosecution by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Ntaganzawa's case has been referred to Rwanda for prosecution and DRC authorities have been requested to transfer him to Rwandan authorities. Ntaganzwa is alleged to have orchestrated massacres and mass rapes in the Butare region of Rwanda during the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people. More information about the case and Ntaganzwa's capture can be found on the website of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.

 
Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (PSV) Network Launched

On September 16, 2015, at the International Association of Prosecutors Annual Conference in Zurich, the creation of a new network was announced. The Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Network is a new forum for prosecutors working on, or interested in, accountability for conflict-related sexual violence crimes. It is designed to facilitate sharing expertise and ideas towards the collective improvement of approaches to prosecuting these crimes. More information on the PSV is available here.

 
ICTY Personnel Mark 20th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide

It has been 20 years since the genocide that unfolded in Srebrenica in July of 1995, resulting in the deaths of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys and the expulsion of tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslim women and girls. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is commemorating the anniversary in several ways and a recent op-ed by Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor at the ICTY and Michelle Jarvis, principal legal counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the iCTY, explores the gendered impact of Srebrenica on its victims.

 
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