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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.

 
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Set Scope of Case 002/02

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has issued a new severance decision which defines which alleged crime sites and factual allegations will be included in the trial in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. Case 002 was severed into two separate cases on September 22, 2011. Closing arguments concluded in the first case--Case 002/01--in October of 2013. The second case will address several charges including genocide, forced marriages and rape. For more information, see the press release from the ECCC and the Trial Chamber's decision on the scope of Case 002/02.

 
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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