FIDH calls on the ICC and national jurisdictions to step up the fight against impunity for sexual violence

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Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against both women and men remain invisible and go unpunished. Despite very progressive texts, despite the existence of evidence of SGBV and the adoption of a Policy by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC has until now failed to obtain a final conviction of perpetrators for SGBV.

Today, on 5 December 2018, FIDH releases a report entitled “Unheard, Unaccounted: Towards Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence at the ICC and Beyond”.

FIDH gives a critical assessment of the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual crimes by this jurisdiction and others. FIDH provides a series of recommendations to the Court, civil society and States to better adopt a gender perspective in investigations and prosecutions conducted by the ICC, and in its support for victims. This report is based on investigations and consultations conducted over three years with NGOs, victims of sexual violence and their lawyers, international experts and ICC representatives.

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