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The International Criminal Tribunal For Rwanda And Its Treatment Of Crimes Against Women

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The impact of the Rwanda Tribunal in general and the Akayesu Judgment in particular on certain crimes committed exclusively or disproportionately against women and girls is discussed in this chapter. The chapter begins with an overview of modern warfare's treatment of gender-based or sex-based crimes, and then considers pertinent aspects of these crimes with the need to deconstruct prevailing notions of sexualized and genderized violence. The chapter then reviews indictments and decisions in the Rwandan Tribunal which have considered crimes against women, analyzing both the stereotypes that society imports into sex crimes and the impact that sex crimes have on society. It is only when these crimes are situated within the context of both historical and prevailing attitudes and practices that we can realistically begin to ensure that laws are applied and enforced. The Akayesu Judgment makes enormous strides towards addressing some of these issues.

Keywords: Akayesu judgment; crimes against women; modern warfare's treatment; Rwandan Tribunal; sex-based crimes



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