Reparations for conflict-related sexual violence: Lessons from the Western Balkans

Authors/editor(s): Natasha Lamoreux (author), Leigh Pasqual (editor)

This report is the outcome of a two-day conference on reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) held on 8 and 9 June 2016 outside Sarajevo, in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meeting, organized by UN Women, the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR), and the office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, served as the fifth and final launch of the “Guidance note of the Secretary-General: Reparations for conflict-related sexual violence”, and considered the application of the guidance note’s recommendations in the Western Balkans and the broader region.

Civil society representatives, government authorities, experts from international organizations, and individual advocates and survivors discussed the successes of reparations programmes, challenges and setbacks, good practices, and lessons learned.

This publication provides a comparative analysis of the legislative and administrative frameworks governing reparations initiatives in post-conflict countries in the Western Balkans.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia; Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244); North Macedonia; Montenegro; Serbia

Subject area(s): Access to justice and legal protection; Access to justice post-conflict; Anti-violence interventions; Ending violence against women and girls; Human rights; Peace and security; Peacebuilding; Post-conflict recovery; Reparations

Resource type: Best practices; Case studies; Proceedings

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 40

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)