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Sexual Violence as International Crime

Sexual Violence as International Crime

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Sexual Violence as International Crime
 
A newsletter presented by the Center on Law and Globalization
a program of the University of Illinois College of Law and the American Bar Foundation
Second Hague Colloquium Follow-Up Issue 
, Late Spring 2011
 
The Center and its partners convened the Second HagueColloquium, Systematic Sexual Violence and Victims' Rights inApril 2011. More than two hundred participants- academics, localand international activists, specialists in compensation for victims,nonprofit leaders, and international lawyers and court officials - joined in this unique cross-disciplinary dialog.Leading researchers and activists reported on patterns of violencein Bosnia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central AfricanRepublic, Darfur and Iraq. Judges, lawyers and observers reportedon the uneven progress of international tribunals to prosecute andconvict perpetrators for crimes of sexual violence. Others showedhow the costs of violence to many victims continues for years ofmedical, psychological, social and community difficulties, leading towidespread depression, suicide and social isolation. The TrustFund for Victims (International Criminal Court) reported on its manyprograms in Africa to provide reparations, medical interventions,counseling, jobs and re-building of communities.All agreed that research is fundamental to every facet of sexualviolence- predicting its onset, mapping its scope, demonstrating itslong-term harms, and evaluating the effectiveness of post-conflictinterventions.
In This Issue
 ________________________  
the global sexualviolence network:
 The Center on Law andGlobalization encourages youto contribute to ourdiscussions. We aim todevelop a global networkconnecting individuals withthis common interest throughour social media platformslisted below, which incombination with our websitewill be used to create ageneral resource of case law,institutions, and individualswho are working in this area. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
follow us on twitter
  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
sexual violencenewsletter:
 We always welcome guestcontributors and suggestionsfor future content. If you knowof others who would like to beadded to our mailing list, wewould gladly add their namesand contact information.Please send any and allcomments or suggestions to
 
Participants of the Second Hague Colloquium at the Dutch Foreign Ministry on April 7, 2011 (photo used with permission)
 
Keynote Address
 
by Elisabeth Rehn, Minister of State of Finland and Chair of theBoard of Directors at the Trust Fund for Victims, ICC
 
"It is a great honour for me to be invited to give the keynote speechat this timely and important event that brought us all together today,the Second Hague Colloquium which will focus on sexual violenceand victims' rights. I am especially honoured because the topic ofthis colloquium is very close to my heart. As someone who herselfhas experienced war and met with victims and affectedcommunities around the world, the rights of victims and in particularthe rights of victims of sexual violence have been so very importantto me.Only recently, in October 2010, as a member of a high level panelorganized by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, I againpersonally met with victims of sexual violence in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo, or as they prefer to be called, survivors. Duringthis visit, I have listened to survivors of sexual violence, rangingfrom a girl raped when she was three years old to a 61-year oldgrandmother. Theses survivors told us about their actual needs,and what they felt about the remedies and reparations currentlyavailable to them. Many of them described in detail what hadhappened to them and to the other victims in the neighborhoods...."Read more of this keynote address 
 
Dr. John Hagan, Center on Law and Globalization Co-Director, discussing Government-Led Sexual Victimization and Torture in Darfur and Pre-Invasion Iraq at the Dutch Foreign Ministry (photo used with permission)
 Allison Lynch, CenterProgram Associate, atalynch@abfn.org
 
 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
join the linkedindiscussion group
To gain membership into thisprivate group email AllisonLynch, Center ProgramAssociate, atalynch@abfn.org
 
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looking ahead:
the summer newsletterwill focus and highlightlocal activists andorganizations making adifference in the field.please contact us withany suggestions
 _____________________ CLG Sexual ViolenceProgram
 
 
Video Interview with Patricia Viseur Sellers
 
Patricia Sellers, a Fellow at Kellogg College at Oxford University, gave the closing remarks at theend of Day One of the Second Hague Colloquium. Center on Law and Globalization staff had aquick conversation with her about the complex definition of rape and justice and her hopes for the
 
international community as a whole. Watch this short video to hear what she had to say.Professor Sellers is also a Special LegalAdvisor to the UN High Commissioner forHuman Rights and Secretary-General's SpecialRepresentative for Children in Armed Conflict.From 1994-2007, Professor Sellers was theLegal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes andSenior Acting Trial Attorney in the Office of theProsecutor for the International CriminalTribunals for the former Yugoslavia andRwanda. In that capacity, she advised teams ofinvestigators and trial attorneys on theprosecution of sex-based crimes under thetribunals' Statutes and pertinent doctrines ofhumanitarian law.
An Interview with Patricia Sellers on Systematic Sexual Violence at the Second Hague Colloquium 
 
Select Resources from the Colloquium
For more information on the activities and outcomes of the Second Hague Colloquium including thecolloquium program, notes from each session, center press releases, images, and presentationsplease see the 
 
Matthew Bown, Iris Haenen, Marzena Jowiak, Andrew Lesko, Alponse Muleefu, and Loena Sosa,
Colloquium Reporters 
 
John Hagan, Ph.D.,
Co-Director, Center on Law and Globalization & John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University 
 
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich, Ph.D, S.J.D,
Michigan State University 
 
Renifa Madenga,
Appeals Counsel ICTR & Member Sexual Violence Committee, Former Executive Director, Musasa Project Zimbabwe 
 
Project Coordinator, Cambodian Defense Project (CDP)
 

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