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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.

 
War Crimes Section of State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina Orders Compensation for Wartime Rape Victim

The War Crimes Section of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has convicted two soldiers of repeatedly raping a woman during an attack on the village of Orahova in 1992 and in a landmark ruling, ordered the men to pay the victim 26,500 KM ($15,036) in damages.  For more information, see the State Court's press release on the verdict and media reports discussing the case.

 
UN Secretary General Releases Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in 2014

On March 23, 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released a new report detailing conflict-related sexual violence occurring in 19 countries from January 1 through December 31, 2014. The report was compiled pursuant to paragraph 22 of Security Council resolution 2106 of 2013, in which the Security Council requested the Secretary General to report annually on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1820, 1888, and 1960, all of which address the problem of sexual violence in armed conflict. The report describes the nature and context of sexual violence occurring in situations of armed conflict in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), the Syrian Arab Republic, and Yemen as well as post-conflict settings including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Nigeria is also included under "Other Situations of Concern" owing to the crimes against girls and women committed in that country by Boko Haram. The report offers an overview of each of the situations, current efforts underway to address the incidence of sexual violence, and recommendations to improve responses to these crimes.

 
One Year Since 219 Girls Abducted in Chibok, Nigeria

Media reports are broadcasting protests in London, Paris, and Abuja marking the one-year anniversary since Boko Haram militants forcibly abducted 219 school girls from the Chibok community. Many of the girls have reportedly become victims of forced marriage. According to Amnesty International, the militants have abducted 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, using them as cooks, sex slaves and fighters.

 
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