Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Male Survivors and Legal Frameworks

Category: Events

5 Nov 2015

Refugee Law Project director Dr. Chris Dolan will lead a discussion on sexual violence again men in conflict settings.

refugee-law-project-logoA short presentation and discussion with Dr. Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project at the School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda, will be preceded by a film screening from the Refugee Law Project’s series “Journeys to Activism”, each just over 5 minutes long.

This event is being co-sponsored by the ISS teaching major in Social Justice Perspectives and the ISS research programme in Governance, Globalization and Social Justice.

Venue:  ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, Den Haag
Room:  3.14
Date:   20 November 2015
Time:   16.15-17.45

Sexual violence against men in conflict settings is largely ignored in the broader international discourse about rape as a weapon of war. Statistics do not reflect actual prevalence and many of those intervening on sexual and gender-based violation (SGBV) lay the blame on the victims for not speaking out.

In this seminar, participants will view two short video testimonies from male survivors of sexual violence who have taken the decision to disclose to the general public. This will be followed by a brief review of the central importance of the Rome Statute as an instrument of justice for male survivors to whom domestic legal frameworks generally have little to offer.

The moderator is  Dr. Jeff Handmaker, ISS

For more information on this topic, see:

ARTICLE: The rape of men: the darkest secret of war, UK Guardian, 27 July 2011.

VIDEO: Journeys to Activism, Aime Moninga (Refugee Law Project, 5 min, 55 sec)

VIDEO: They Slept With Me (Refugee Law Project, 12 min)


Resource: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict - Human Rights - Human Rights

December 2nd, 2015 at 3:19 pm

[…] The latest issue of the International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC), published by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Cambridge University Press, includes a contribution by Dr. Chris Dolan, who presented in a GGSJ/SJP-sponsored seminar in November 2015. […]

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