Sexual Violence against Men and International Law – Criminalising the Unmentionable

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This article will discuss the manner in which international law deals with crimes of sexual violence committed against men during armed conflict. To date sexual violence against men has received little attention from the international community; instead its focus is almost exclusively on women, yet in armed conflicts across the world, sexual violence is also perpetrated against men. The example of torture demonstrates the current weaknesses in the relevant provisions for acts of sexual violence generally, and acts of sexual violence committed against men specifically. I argue that international criminal tribunals should address sexual violence more broadly, including against men. However, rather than to adopt a piecemeal approach differentiating between acts of sexual violence suffered by men and women, the experiences of men of sexual violence in armed conflict should be used to contribute to understanding the broader issue of gender-based crimes, of which sexual violence forms part.

Sexual Violence against Men and International Law – Criminalising the Unmentionable

in International Criminal Law Review

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Russellsupra note 1; Sivakumaran supra note 1 Stemple supra note 1; Xabier Agirre Aranburu ‘Sexual Violence beyond Reasonable Doubt: Using Pattern Evidence and Analysis for International Cases’ 23 L.J.I.L. (2010) 609-627 p. 616.

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Stemplesupra note 1.

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IASC 20058.

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Sivakumaransupra note 1; Stemple supra note 1.

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Stemplesupra note 1.

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Human Rights Watch‘DRC: Clinton Should Highlight Rape and Justice Issues’, 10 August 2009; Jeffrey Gettleman, ‘Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims’The New York Times4 August 2009. A Survey held in 2010 found that 23.6 per cent of men and 39.7 per cent of women had been exposed to sexual violence in their lifetime. Of those 64.5 per cent of men and 74.3 per cent of women reported conflict-related sexual violence Kirsten Johnson et al. ‘Association of Sexual Violence and Human Rights Violations With Physical and Mental Health in Territories of the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo’ 304(5) Journal of the American Medical Association 2010 pp. 553-562.

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Torture Conventionsupra note 6. See further UN General Assembly Resolution 3452Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment U.N. Doc. A/RES/3452 (XXX) 9 December 1975; the ICC Statute and EoC Article 7(2)(e). As stated in Prosecutor v. Furundžija Judgment IT-95-17/1-T 10 10 December 1998 para. 160.

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McGlynibid. p. 573.

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Lewissupra note 10 p. 5.

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