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Authors: Katherine Ranharter and Gareth Stansfield

Title: Acknowledging the Suffering Caused by State-Mandated Sexual Violence and Crimes

Subtitle: An Assessment of the Iraqi High Tribunal

Journal: Middle Eastern Studies



Year: 2015 (Published online: July 24, 2015)


ISSN: 0026-3206 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1743-7881 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Iraqi History | Prosecution: Trials / Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)



Katherine Ranharter:

Gareth Stansfield, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of

Abstract: »The Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT), as a mechanism of transitional justice, took upon it a pioneering role within the Middle Eastern Region by prosecuting and convicting several high-ranking members of the former suppressive regime in Iraq. As part of this work, the IHT confronted the widespread impunity for and disregard of gender-based crimes, such as rape and other sexual violence, and took steps towards reforming the sector through its progressive statute and the specific acknowledgment of gender crimes within its judgments. It will be the aim of the following article to extend academic writings on Iraq, the IHT and gender, by providing insights into how the tribunal dealt with the issues of rape and sexual violence, the surrounding circumstances and how successful the IHT's recognition of these crimes proved for transitional justice in Iraq.« (Source: Middle Eastern Studies)

Wikipedia: History of Iraq: Ba'athist Iraq, Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal