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Sexual violence beyond conflict termination: impunity for past violations as a recipe for new ones?

Author: M. Lindgren
Publisher: African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes
Publication Date: Jan 2011

Based on a pilot study of seven African countries – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa – this Policy & Practice Brief presents insights on amnesty regimes and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) beyond conflict termination.

It shows that CRSV often continues past conflict termination and that most of the conflicts under study negotiated amnesties. Yet, this finding is not enough to confer that impunity leads to continued CRSV. The combination of amnesties and continued CRSV raises important questions about how to address sexual violence in post-conflict situations and build durable peace.