ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL WOMEN’S HEARING ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT
A film by Sopheak SAO
In recent years, non-judicial truth-telling forums have taken place around the world. Often, these are in response to the inability or unwillingness of formal judicial mechanisms to deliver justice to survivors of gender-based crimes during armed conflict or under oppressive regimes. One example of such a forum was held on 10 and 11 October 2012 in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
The hearing was attended by participants from four countries: Bangladesh, East-Timor, Nepal and Cambodia. All countries went through periods of conflict with gross human rights violations affecting an extensive portion of the population. In the aftermath, each of them set up transitional justice mechanisms to deal with the crimes committed.
Only a very few of those mechanisms adequately addressed the gender-based violence that occurred during those conflicts.
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