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Redress for Sexual Violence Before the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh: Lessons from History, and Hopes for the Future

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Correspondence to Bina D’Costa.

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Bina D’Costa Research Fellow, Centre for International Governance and Justice, Regulatory Institutions Network, College of the Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra.

Sara Hossain Barrister, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Partner, Dr Kamal Hossain and Associates (www.khossain.com). She earlier ran the South Asia Programme at Interights, the International Center for legal protection of human rights. She regularly writes and lectures on human rights and public interest law, and on women's human rights. Her recent publications include 'Honour' Crimes Paradigms and Violence against Women, co edited with Lynn Welchman, Zed Press, London 2005.

This article is dedicated to two women and their contributions to justice for women survivors of crimes against humanity, first, to Rhonda Copelon, who so brilliantly developed human rights law to encompass women’s experiences of violence in conflict situations globally, and second, to Firdausi Priyabhashini, whose courage and conviction have helped to transform the understanding of women’s experiences of sexual violence in the Bangladesh war of liberation, and to keep alive the demand for accountability. Sara’s thanks also go to Rokeya Chowdhury for research assistance. We both thank the anonymous reviewers for their comments and Suzannah Linton for her strong editorial support.

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D’Costa, B., Hossain, S. Redress for Sexual Violence Before the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh: Lessons from History, and Hopes for the Future. Crim Law Forum 21, 331–359 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10609-010-9120-2

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Keywords

  • Sexual Violence
  • Supra Note
  • International Crime
  • Transitional Justice
  • Reconciliation Commission