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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02599-B
Date : 09/2019
Country/Region : SWITZERLAND
Title : Justice denied ? : access to justice for victims of sexual violence : part 2
Duration : 00:22:37
Director : MOUCHET, Louis
Cameraman : MOUCHET, Louis
Editor : MOUCHET, Louis
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
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Description : Sexual violence is recognised as a war crime in international law, but in reality few survivors ever see their attackers brought to justice. Weak rule of law, lack of legal recognition of the crime in many countries, lack of forensic evidence, lack of police response, and the risk of retaliation or stigma for survivors, all work together to prevent many from seeing the end of the long and winding road through the courts.

In winning the Nobel Prize with Daniel Mukwege, survivor Nadia Murad said, "The only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals". But for the millions of survivors living in displacement, justice may be even more remote.

Sexual violence is highly prevalent in conflicts and disasters, including violence by intimate partners and by armed combatants. Men, boys and former child soldiers are also at risk. Accountability for this crime is key to ending the climate of impunity. While humanitarian organisations have emphasised providing medical and mental health care to survivors, supporting access to justice in humanitarian settings has been more challenging.

During the event, held in Geneva on September 11th, 2019, panelists have shared their insights into their personal experiences with supporting survivors to bring cases to court, sharing both challenges and lessons learned.

Speakers and panelists :
Opening remarks : Helen Durham, director of Law and Policy, ICRC.
Moderator : Meg Davis : coordinator of courses on sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies, CERAH.
Panelists : Cecile Aptel : director, Policy, Strategy & Knowledge Department, IFRC; Christine Alai : independent human rights lawyer; Claude Maon : legal manager, MSF.
Closing remarks : Joanina Karugaba, senior advisor on SGBV, UNHCR.
Original language : English
English title : Justice denied ? : access to justice for victims of sexual violence : part 2
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
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