Justice for Women: Seeking Accountability for Sexual Crimes in Post-Conflict Situations

The systematic use of extreme violence, in particular sexual violence, in conflict and post-conflict situations raises the pressing question of how to end the cycle of impunity. On 13 and 14 May 2008, representatives of the International Criminal Court and the ad hoc tribunals, the United Nations (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), human rights organisations, and the European Parliament met to explore these questions. These experts focused on complementarity, participation of women in judicial processes and three case studies in Africa. This conference report highlights the key points of debate as discussed in the different panels with proposals relating to the pending challenges in achieving justice for women.