kosovo-film-maker-tackles-wartime-rape-taboo 03 Mar 15 Kosovo Film-Maker Tackles Wartime Rape Taboo

Kosovo director Isa Qosja wants his award-winning film, about a woman thrown out of her village after being raped during the war, to help end the stigmatisation of sexual violence victims.

domestic-violence-revives-ex-prisoners-wartime-nightmares 19 Feb 15 Domestic Violence Revives Bosnian Women’s War Nightmares

Women who were traumatised by rape and sexual abuse during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina have often become the victims of domestic violence by abusive husbands afterwards.

bosnian-court-favours-defendant-over-victim-s-rights 08 Jan 15 Bosnian Court Criticised for Shielding Sex-Case Indictees

Recent decisions to close war crimes trials involving sexual abuse to the public to protect indictees’ family lives have been criticised for putting defendants’ rights before those of victims.

a-war-crime-shrouded-in-silence 18 Dec 14 A War Crime Shrouded in Silence

The murder and rape of pregnant women by fighters during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains one of the least-researched aspects of wartime brutality.

the-problem-with-the-kosovo-war-rape-petition 23 Jul 14 The Problem with the Kosovo War Rape Petition

A campaign in Kosovo urging the UN to investigate wartime rapes shows the failure of local institutions to do anything themselves, highlights prejudiced attitudes towards victims and cannot bring justice.

srebrenica-anniversary-the-rape-victims-testimonies 11 Jul 14 Srebrenica Anniversary: The Rape Victims’ Testimonies

Some of the women who were raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers at the time of the Srebrenica massacres in July 1995 have found the courage to conquer their fears and speak out.

bosnian-war-s-wicked-women-get-off-lightly 07 Feb 11 Bosnian War’s Wicked Women Get Off Lightly

While war-crime victims recall women as carrying out some of the vilest deeds in the whole of the Bosnian war, the courts seem curiously relucant to act.

courting-democracy-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina-the-hague-tribunal-s-impact-in-a-postwar-state 17 Aug 10 'Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Hague Tribunal's Impact in a Postwar State'

Courts cannot make up for people’s personal tragedies, but the ICTY has had a bigger impact on the democratisation process in post-war Bosnia than many people appreciate, a new book argues.

silence-and-shame-shield-srebrenica-rapists-from-justice 08 Jul 10 Silence and Shame Shield Srebrenica Rapists from Justice

The reluctance of women survivors from the town to talk about their own sufferings – and the stigma that still surrounds rape – has allowed a grave crime to go unpunished.

17 Mar 10 Lukic Cousins Symbol of Fear in Visegrad

Convicted of burning 100 people alive, surviving victims of their many crimes are angry that prosecutors did not charge the Lukics over their rape camp, from which few women emerged alive.

within-these-walls-inside-foca-prison 04 Jan 10 Within these walls: Inside Foca Prison

For the first time since war-crime trials began in Bosnia, BIRN Justice Report has filmed inside a prison in which war crime convicts serve their sentences and spoken to one of them.

amnesty-demands-justice-for-bosnia-war-rape-victims 30 Sep 09 Amnesty Demands Justice for Bosnia War Rape Victims
As rights group slates local courts and authorities and Hague tribunal for failing to defend rape victims, researcher Marek Marczynski says it’s time courts addressed this taboo issue. 
01 Jun 09 Refugee War Criminals Pose Dilemma to Scandinavia

Legal systems of Norway, Sweden and Denmark face challenge over residents from former Yugoslavia suspected of having committed crimes back “home” in the 1990s. 

10 Dec 07 Visegrad Rape Victims Say Their Cries Go Unheard

Handful who survived town's infamous rape camp fear they will never obtain justice.

18 Sep 07 Anger at Secrecy Surrounding Foca Rape Cases

Lawyers and victims' supporters protest decision to bar public from two key trials.

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