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Author: Katherine Ryken

Title: The role of physicians in transitional justice

Subtitle: Combatting the aftermath of mass rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Journal: Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Year: January 2016

Pages: 11 pages

eISSN: 2154-4751 – Find a Library: Open-Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | European History: Bosnian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War


Link: Iowa Research Online (Free Access)



Abstract: »Between 1992-1995, an estimated 20,000-50,000 women were raped during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Twenty years later, victims of war rape continue to experience severe mental health disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and multiple co-morbidities. A recent comprehensive study of rape survivors who have utilized non-governmental organization (NGO) services demonstrate alarming reports of chronic gynecologic problems. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of war-related sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Specifically, it will examine the role of medical professionals in post-conflict societies, through documenting human rights abuses and providing clinical care for victims.« (Source: Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology)


  Abstract (p. 1)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  The Role of War Rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina (p. 2)
  Chronic Health Implications of Mass Rape (p. 4)
  The Current Landscape and Potential for Physicians in Transitional Justice (p. 5)
  Conclusions (p. 9)
  References (p. 9)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Bosnian War / Rape during the Bosnian War