GENDER AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Many international treaties and courts have characterized various forms of sexualized violence during conflicts as grave crimes. The extent of such violence is not, however, reflected in the number of court convictions. There are many different reasons for this, related to legislation and procedural rules as well as the treatment of survivors of sexualized violence. ECCHR aims to tackle this issue by using international and national laws to combat impunity for sexual crimes. International criminal law, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security all provide for a range of measures which can be used to ensure effective criminal prosecution in national as well as international courts. We aim to boost the profile of these options. ECCHR pursues a non-discriminatory approach to our work using legal measures to combat sexualized violence.