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Maria Jett
Posted August 28, 2007 from United States

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    Sep 06, 2007
    Sep 06, 2007


    I want to share "news" bulletins that come across my desk every day and am not sure where on PulseWire to post them. I can put them in my own blog, but feel they should go to the PulseWire news editor, which is you. What is the best way to share this so it can go into a News Section? Can we have a "News Section" on PulseWire that we add our news to?

    Here is the news I wanted to share with others. I'll put it into My Voices page, too, but feel such news might get lost. Thanks for your insights. - AC

    August 2, 2007

    The lengthy prison terms for war crimes and crimes against humanity handed

    down by the Special Court for Sierra Leone last month have been greeted

    with widespread praise. Two senior members of the Armed Forces

    Revolutionary Council were sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment and another

    to 45 years for atrocities, including rape, committed during the country's

    civil war.

    Indeed, calling senior military leaders to account for sexual crimes

    against women is a historic achievement. The July 19 sentencing reaffirms

    that rape is among the gravest violations of international law, on par with

    acts of mass murder and terrorism.

    The precedent set by the International Criminal Tribunals for the former

    Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as the investigations into Central African

    Republic and Darfur being conducted by the International Criminal Court,

    suggests that post-conflict justice for sexual violence may at last be

    becoming the rule rather than the exception.

    Yet during the 11 years of brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, more than 50

    per cent of the country's women and girls suffered sexual violence. Five

    years later, only 11 suspects have been indicted.

    This means that thousands of women will never see their rapists brought to

    justice. They will, instead, continue to see them in the streets, parks and

    marketplaces of their communities. For these women, there is no closure to

    the trauma of wartime rape. Peace brings no peace of mind. And there is no

    equality before the law.

    The women of Sierra Leone look to the Special Court as an emblem of hope

    for ending impunity. But beyond the high-profile cases that the Court is

    mandated to take on, it is also hoped that it will help bolster the

    capacity of local courts to convict the thousands of lower-ranking rapists

    who walk free. This is indeed the best hope for resurrecting the rule of

    law in a war-ravaged nation.

    Regrettably, international support for the rehabilitation of justice

    systems and the rule of law has not prioritized women's access to justice.

    This has generally been sidelined in favour of market-oriented reform, such

    as revising corporate laws to improve the investment climate.

    Such an approach overlooks the fact that age-old social and economic

    inequalities - including those between women and men - are often the root

    causes of conflict, instability or economic stagnation.

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