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Name:Handling of survivors of rape as a crime against humanity, the gender perspective in the Rwandan genocide tribunal Some lessons from the Muhimana case
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This essay finds its departure in the preparatory work in the Muhimana case, focusing on the interaction with respective witnesses who subsequently testified in the case. The accused, Muhimana committed exclusive and disproportionate crimes against women and girls in Kibuye during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The author also derives some of her observations from her experience as a regional magistrate in Zimbabwe and her work at a non­governmental organization, the Musasa Project. She identifies some inherent problems associated with being a victim of rape, for example, being ostracized and stigmatized and social and economic insecurity. She also identifies the inadequacies and anomalies within the legal system in relation to these crimes and the sometimes insensitive treatment of the victims. The essay concludes by exploring gender sensitive ways to close the gap between rhetoric and practice in interviewing witnesses and investigating rape as a crime against humanity and a crime of war. The author suggests ways to reinforce any identified strengths in the system and to avoid re­-traumatizing victims as they interact with the international justice system.

By Renifa Madenga

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