It is estimated that 20,000 people were subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence during the 1992–1995 Bosnian war. Today, these men and women have been largely forgotten. Where are they now? To what extent do their experiences continue to affect and influence their lives, and the lives of those around them? What are the principal problems that these individuals face? Such questions remain largely unanswered. More broadly, the long-term consequences of conflict-related rape and sexual violence are often overlooked. Based on extensive interviews with male and female survivors from all ethnic groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), this interdisciplinary book addresses a critical gap in the current literature on rape and sexual violence in conflict situations. In so doing, it uniquely situates and explores the legacy of these crimes within a transitional justice framework. Demonstrating that transitional justice processes in BiH have neglected the long-term effects of rape and sexual violence, it develops and operationalizes a new holistic approach to transitional justice that is based on an expanded conception of ‘legacy’ and has a wider application beyond BiH.
List of figures Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Setting the Foundations 1. Rape and Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Historical Overview 2. The Long-Term Effects of Rape and Sexual Violence: A Legacy Gap 3. Survivors of War Rape and Sexual Violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Long-Term Psychological Effects and Contributory Contextual Stressors 4. The Wider Impact of War Rape and Sexual Violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Survivors and their Families 5. Prosecuting Crimes of Rape and Sexual Violence: Macro Developments, Micro Realities 6. Reparations, Rape and Sexual Violence: Developments and Setbacks in Bosnia- Herzegovina 7. Transitional Justice and Survivors’ Long-Term Needs: Mapping and Operationalizing a New Holistic Approach Conclusion: Final Reflections Index
The series includes titles which address larger theoretical questions on transitional justice, including the intersection of notions such as justice, truth, accountability, impunity and the construction of transitional justice knowledge. It also contains critical and theoretically informed empirical work on the workings of institutions such as truth commissions, community based reconciliation, victim empowerment, ex-combatant demobilisation, or regional discussions on practical programmes in particular areas. Finally, the series covers the legal aspects of transitional justice; although, avoiding dry, overly technical or dull legal texts, it specialises in a style of legal scholarship that reflects the energy and vitality of this exciting field.
For further details on the series please contact the Series Editor.
Professor of Law and Transitional Justice
School of Law
Queens University Belfast
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