oa De Rebus - Human rights cases around the world - international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
On 10 December 1998, the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, at the Hague, found Anto Furundzija guilty of rape as a violation of the laws or customs of war (The Prosecutor v Anto Furundzija (case IT-95-17/1-T10). This is the first time that rape committed in a wartime situation has been prosecuted generally as a violation of the laws and customs of war (a 'war crime' ). In two other cases before the Yugoslav and Rwandan tribunals where rape has been prosecuted, the accused have been found guilty either of rape as torture or of rape as a crime against humanity or a violation of the Geneva Conventions. The case is also important because it sets forward a progressive definition of rape.
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