Rape as a weapon of war: an analysis of the impunity of perpetrators of sexual violence in the DRC

dc.contributor.advisor Agapiou-Josephides, Kalliope
dc.contributor.author Koepp, Manon
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-09T14:44:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-09T14:44:02Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description Second semester University: University of Cyprus en_US
dc.description.abstract The use of rape as a weapon of war was only recently recognized as a military strategy, which aims to terrorize the population. Nowadays, the Democratic Republic of Congo regrettably stands out for having the higher rate of rape in the context of its armed conflict. Indeed, the numbers leave no room for doubt: this country has become “rape capital of the world” 1. This cruel phenomenon generates many questions, particularly with regard to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators. This last question constitutes the common thread of this thesis, during which we will discuss the legal challenges, as well as the reasons explaining the impunity of rapists. In an effort to capture the complexities of the phenomenon, this thesis addresses numerous aspects. Indeed, the stakes of rape as a weapon of war, the legal framework, and the national geopolitical situation, constitute crucial points in order to have a full picture of this phenomenon. At the end of the research, some aspects emerged in the improvement of both the international and the national judicial system. Thus, investment in transitional justice, in the responsibility of military superiors, as well as in the protection and reparation of witnesses and victims, appear to be essentials. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11825/1791
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.25330/694
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Campus Europe (EMA) theses 2019/2020;
dc.subject rape en_US
dc.subject Democratic Republic of the Congo en_US
dc.subject armed conflict en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject judicial system en_US
dc.subject transitional justice en_US
dc.subject military en_US
dc.subject impunity
dc.title Rape as a weapon of war: an analysis of the impunity of perpetrators of sexual violence in the DRC en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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