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09 Aug 2016 description

Investigation reveals that many women and girls never inform the authorities.

By Bintu Conteh, Regina Pratt

Large numbers of rape cases, especially of minors, are going unreported in Sierra Leone, with few survivors of sexual violence willing or able to approach the authorities.

Many families are deterred from pursuing legal cases by social stigma, a lack of faith in the justice system and an inability to afford legal representation or even transport costs to the court.

09 Dec 2009 description

Funding problems may delay hearings and hamper judicial process.

By Rachel Irwin in The Hague (AR No 238, 9-Dec-09)

The International Criminal Court, ICC, faces serious logistical and legal challenges in 2010 as financial constraints could force three major trials into a single courtroom.

Part of the problem is that the ICC's second courtroom is being used by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, which is expected to last until at least mid-2010.

But even if the second courtroom was available, analysts say it might not …

05 Jan 2007 description

Despite significant strides in international law, many sexual violence crimes are going unpunished because of flawed investigations and prosecutions.

By IWPR staff in The Hague, London and Sarajevo (TU No 483, 5-Jan-07)

International justice has come a very long way since the summer of 1992, when violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina raged and reports surfaced for the first time of mass rape being used as a weapon of war.