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By Debra B. Bergoffen

Rape, generally a smash of struggle, grew to become a weapon of conflict within the ethnic detoxing crusade in Bosnia. The ICTY Kunarac court docket spoke back by way of remodeling wartime rape from an neglected crime right into a crime opposed to humanity. In its judgment, the court docket argued that the rapists violated the Muslim women’s correct to sexual self-determination. asserting this correct to sexual integrity, the courtroom remodeled women’s vulnerability from a call for participation to abuse right into a mark of human dignity. This shut analyzing of the trial, guided through the  phenomenological topics of the lived physique and ambiguity, feminist evaluations of the self sustaining topic and the liberal sexual/social agreement, serious felony conception tests of human rights legislations and associations, and psychoanalytic analyses of the politics of hope, argues that the court docket, through validating women’s epistemic authority (their correct to set up the which means in their event of rape) and declaring the honor of the susceptible physique (thereby dethroning the self sufficient physique because the embodiment of dignity), indicates us that human rights tools can be utilized to wrestle the epidemic of wartime rape in the event that they are learn as de-legitimating the authority of the masculine self reliant topic and the gender codes it anchors.

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