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Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Sentence Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan to Life Imprisonment for Crimes against Humanity

On August 7, 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia announced its judgment in Case 002/01, finding Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of several crimes against humanity including murder, political persecution, extermination, and other inhumane acts. Both former Khmer Rouge officials were sentenced to life in prison for their role in atrocities committed between April 17, 1975, and December of 1977 in Cambodia. Evidence of sexual and gender-based violence was cited in the judgment including allegations of rape that occurred during the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975. The Court also discussed the incidence of forced marriage that occurred during this period, finding that forced marriage was a policy of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) but noting that the nature and implementation of this policy will be addressed in the next trial against the same accused in Case 002/02. Case 002/02 will address several charges including the genocide of the Cham (and related religious persecution in the forced movement of the Cham minority) and the genocide of the Vietnamese; forced marriages and rape nationwide; internal purges; crimes committed at several detention centers and work sites; the treatment of Buddhists; and political persecution/targeting of former Khmer Republic Officials.

ICTJ Releases Briefing on the Accountability Gap on Sexual Violence in Kenya in the Wake of Post-Election Violence

In a newly released briefing, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) reports that the post-election violence in Kenya that occurred in 2007-2008 was marked by widespread sexual and gender-based violence, most often targeting women but aimed at some men and boys as well. The report finds that the state response to this violence during the crisis was limited, with police either overwhelmed by the intensity of the violence, remaining passive, or in some cases, participating in the attacks.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Launches Three-Year Strategy Focusing on Wartime Sexual Violence in Bosnia

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN BiH, has initiated a three-year strategy focusing on Wartime Sexual Violence. BIRN BiH journalists have undertaken a drive to collect new and unheard testimonies of people who were subjected to sexual violence during the Bosnian war of 1992-1995. More information about BIRN BiH's efforts to draw attention to wartime sexual violence in Bosnia can be found on their website.

ICC Convicts Germain Katanga of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity; Acquits Him of Rape and Sexual Slavery

On March 7, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that Germain Katanga, a defendant charged with several counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity as part of the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was found guilty of as an accessory for one crime against humanity (murder) and four war crimes (murder, attacking a civilian population, destruction of property and pillaging) committed on 24 February 2003 during the attack on the village of Bogoro, in the Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Katanga was acquitted of several counts including rape and sexual slavery as war crimes and crimes against humanity. A press release about the judgment is available on the ICC's website and a statement from NGO Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice provides further context regarding the gender and sexual-based charges of which Katanga was acquitted.

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