Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence

Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence

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The condemnation of wartime sexual violence as a gross violation of human rights has received widespread support. While rape and other forms of sexual violence have attracted considerable local and international attention, this often excludes wartime sexual violence among women belonging to so-called `perpetrator' war-torn nations. This book explores the silence surrounding women's experiences of wartime sexual violence within academic, legal and public discourses. Olivera Simic argues that the international criminal law and feminist legal discourse on wartime sexual violence can construct a problematic victim hierarchy that excludes and misrecognises certain women's experiences of sexual violence during and after armed conflict. ã The book focuses on the experiences of Bosnian Serb women, where the collapse of the former Yugoslavia led to brutal war and gross human rights violations throughout the 1990s. Two decades after the war, women in Bosnia and Herzegovina are still facing the legacies of the 1990s violence. Through this case Simic argues that while all women survivors of rape face problems of stigma, shame and lack of political visibility, their legal and symbolic status differ according to their ethno-national identity. ã Drawing on interviews with Bosnian Serb women survivors of rape in BiH, feminist activists, local media, documentary and archival sources, the book examines `post-conflict justice' as it is seen, lived and interpreted by women who belong to `perpetrator' nations and will be great interest and use to researchers, students and practitioners within post-conflict law and justice, international criminal law, security studies and gender more

Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138918628
  • 9781138918627

About Olivera Simic

Olivera Simic is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith University Law School, Brisbane, Australia. Since 2012, Olivera has been appointed Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica) Online more

Table of contents

Introduction: Disrupting the Legacy of Mass Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina Chapter 1: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and its `Silences' Chapter 2: Revisiting Mass Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina Chapter 3: Ethnic Politicisation of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Chapter 4: Becoming a Victim in Bosnia and Herzegovina Chapter 5: The Women's Court in Sarajevo: Challenges and Reflections Chapter 6: Chapter VI: The Role of Civil Society in Assisting Women Victims of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Chapter 7: The Politics of Writing/Researching the `Silenced' Womenshow more