Wartime Rapes

Antoinette Fouque and Jean-Joseph Goux

Edited by Sylvina Boissonnas

in There Are Two Sexes

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780231169868
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231538381 | DOI:
Wartime Rapes

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This chapter comments on the rapes that were committed against women in the former Yugoslavia. On March 8, 1994, International Women's Day, the Tresnjevka feminist group in Zagreb called upon the International Criminal Tribunal created by the United Nations to judge the crimes against human rights that are being committed in the former Yugoslavia and to judge the rapists as criminals. According to Tresnjevka, there are forty-five camps in the war-torn country where women are being systematically tortured, raped, and deliberately impregnated. The chapter argues that only the condemnation of such gynocide by the International Court in The Hague can restore the dignity of the women victims of rape and reaffirm their right to life and hopefully, put an end to these crimes now not only in the former Yugoslavia but also in Rwanda, Djibouti, Somalia—and, in the future, all over the world.

Keywords: rape; women; Yugoslavia; Tresnjevka; International Criminal Tribunal; United Nations; crimes; human rights; gynocide

Chapter.  1298 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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