On Monday 6th February we held a panel discussion on the topic of War, Rape, and International Justice. Moderated by Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor for Channel 4 News, the panel consisted of journalist Christina Lamb and lawyer Philippe Sands.
Lamb and Sands, both experts in the field, discussed the role of international justice in addressing the issue of war rape. They emphasized the need for stronger enforcement mechanisms and the importance of holding those responsible accountable for their actions. They also highlighted the difficulties in bringing perpetrators to justice, particularly in the context of ongoing conflict.
Sands discussed the case of the Bosnian War, where rape was used as a weapon of war and ethnic cleansing. He emphasised the significance of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which was the first international court to recognise rape as a war crime.
Lamb, who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, spoke about the challenges in gathering evidence and providing support for survivors of war rape. She stressed the need for more resources and support for organisations that work with survivors.
The panel discussion provided a nuanced and thought-provoking examination of the issue of war rape and international justice. It emphasised the ongoing need for action and advocacy to ensure that survivors receive the support and justice they deserve.
In conclusion, the panel emphasised that while progress has been made in addressing war rape, there is still much work to be done to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable and that survivors receive the support they need. The discussion was a timely reminder of the importance of continuing to work towards a world where war rape is no longer tolerated.