by Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Bosnian Rapes Declared War Crimes

The United Nations Tribunal at The Hague this summer indicted Bosnian Serb military and police officials in connection with the rapes of Muslim women in the Bosnian war. This legal action marks the success of a campaign waged by the Commission for Women’s Equality of the American Jewish Congress and some 40 other organizations, aimed at prosecuting rapes and forced impregnation of Muslim women and girls in Bosnia as crimes of war. It is the first time in history a court has recognized rape in wartime as something other than an individual’s aberrant behavior.

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