From Tolerance to Tactic: Understanding Rape in Armed Conflict as Genocide
44 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 21, 2017
It is my contention that rape should be firmly situated within the understanding of genocide, for both conceptual and practical reasons. By examining rape in historical conflicts I will demonstrate the increasing pervasiveness of rape as a weapon of war, thereby underscoring its increasing relevance for both academic and legal consideration. Next, by examining modern ongoing conflicts, I will elucidate the context in which rape continues to be used as a tactic not only of war, but, indeed, of genocide. I will then discuss the existing sources of international law that support this understanding and, finally, I will explore the implications of understanding rape as genocide under each of the enumerated sub-elements of genocide.
Keywords: Sexual Violence, Genocide, Armed Conflicts, International Law, Conflicts, Rape,
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