Mladic’s Arrest Must Expose Sexual Crimes, by Ambassador mo

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In most media reports on recent arrests “sexual violence used as a tactic or weapon of war is repeatedly neglected from being mentioned,” states the UN Special representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallstrom. (Photo Above Swearing By UNSG Ban Ki-moon, testifying to UN Security Council on Sexual Violence in Conflict, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton & demonstrating Syombol - crossed arms - for "Stop Rape Now" Campaign). Welcoming the recent arrests of two men long sought for their roles in the Balkans conflicts and the Rwandan genocide, a top United Nations official today stressed the need to ensure that the crimes of sexual violence they both stand accused of are exposed in the legal process under way. Ratko Mladic was apprehended last week in Serbia after evading capture for almost 16 years, while Bernard Munyagishari was arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mladic Indictment for Genocide & Sexual Crimes as well Mr. Mladic, (Photo with Radovan Karadzic) the war-time leader of the Bosnian Serb forces, is awaiting transfer to The Hague, where he will stand trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He is charged with 15 counts that include the murder of close to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995. In the indictment, sexual abuse or sexual violence is mentioned five times. (From UN News Centre). Rwanda Genocide Mr. Munyagishari, the former head of the Interahamwe Hutu militia for the city of Gisenyi in western Rwanda, is charged with five counts that include genocide, and rape as a crime against humanity, during the slaughter of an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus that took place in little more than three months beginning in April 1994. He is awaiting transfer to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is based in Arusha, Tanzania. Bringing Sexual Crimes to Light The Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court has incorporated gender based crimes during our drafting process in 1998 as a whole special class. The then still recent and vivid memory of abuse in Bosnia & Herzegovina played a decisive and defining role in Rome during the drafting of the Statute. Ms. Wallstrom offered the following: “It is crucial that the terrible acts of sexual violence they both stand accused of are exposed in the legal process currently under way, Only by explicitly bringing these horrible deeds into the open can we help to break history's greatest silence.” Related Reports at “War Crimes Justice” - ---“Women as Targets Rather than Spoils of War” (ARTICLE) - ---“Two Million Raped –DRCongo” – (FILM REPORT) ---“Child Soldiers & sex Slaves” - (FILM REPORT) ---“Preventing Rape by Soldiers” (Animation) - By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey Facebook - Become a Fan at “Diplomatically Incorrect” Twitter - Follow us at DiplomaticallyX

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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect ( provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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