Many international treaties and courts have characterized various forms of sexualized violence during conflicts as grave crimes. The extent of such violence is not, however, reflected in the number of court convictions. There are many different reasons for this, related to legislation and procedural rules as well as the treatment of survivors of sexualized violence. ECCHR aims to tackle this issue by using international and national laws to combat impunity for sexual crimes. International criminal law, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security all provide for a range of measures which can be used to ensure effective criminal prosecution in national as well as international courts. We aim to boost the profile of these options. ECCHR pursues a non-discriminatory approach to our work using legal measures to combat sexualized violence.

Transitional Justice – A way of fighting sexualized violence during warfare

20 December 2011 - On 3 November 2011, ECCHR held an expert talk in cooperation with the Gunda Wernder Institute on the theme “Transitional Justice – A means of fighting sexualized violence during warfare.” The talk built on the results of a conference held in the institute in October 2010, and followed the May 2011 talk “Militarized Masculinity in (Post-) Conflict Regions”.

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Femicide in Latin America – Possible strategies against impunity for gender-specific violence

On 7 March 2011 an expert roundtable was held in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll foundation to discuss the phenomenon of femicide in Latin America, Mexico in particular. ECCHR invited twenty participants to discuss means of raising European awareness of the problem and to analyze possible strategies for tackling the impunity often enjoyed by those who commit gender-specific violence.

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