Making International Justice Work for Rape Victims: Experiences from the ICTR

Binaifer Nowrojee

October 4, 2006

The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Binaifer Nowrojee examines international justice from the perspective of rape survivors from the Rwandan genocide, and exposes the squandered opportunities that have characterized sexual violence prosecutions over the past decade at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). She argues that the record of the ICTR is dismal, and that full and fair justice for women victims of the Rwandan genocide appears increasingly unlikely. Nowrojee highlights some of the shortcomings in international judicial processes that are structured without regard to providing justice, care, or protection to rape victims. Looking at international justice through the eyes of rape victims points to an urgent need to better ensure, as a priority, that international criminal courts neither overlook sexual violence crimes nor allow a judicial process that marginalizes, dehumanizes or demeans rape victims.

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