“Don’t Worry. These girls have been raped once.” Analyzing Sexual Violence in the Bosnian Genocide and the Response of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Madeline Brashear

Abstract


Through the force of Western humanitarian organizations and the media, the UN was pressured to respond to the atrocities committed against women in the Bosnian genocide. This response resulted in the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which put the prosecution of sexual violence and the maintenance of women’s rights on the UN agenda. With Western media and aid organizations exposing and condemning the gender violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UN, through the ICTY, focused its authority on addressing this specific violence.

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