Rape

Ethiopia: Official License for Abduction and Rape

Action Number: 
22.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2002 Mar 1

Woineshet Zebene NegashWoineshet Zebene Negash lived in a rural village with her mother and grandparents in the southeastern part of Ethiopia. She was 13 years old when, on March 12, 2001, a man by the name of Aberew Jemma Negussie came to her residence in the middle of the night with a group of accomplices, carried her away and raped her. Her teachers reported her abduction to the police.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the Ethiopian authorities and urge them to take immediate steps to stop the practice of bride abduction by abolishing the legal provisions that exempt perpetrators of abduction or rape from criminal responsibility upon marriage. Urge them to ensure that abduction and rape are treated as serious criminal offences and that, when prosecuting and sentencing perpetrators, the courts send a strong message that these crimes will not be tolerated. Remind the government of its duty to protect constitutional rights, in particular the right to equality (Article 25 of the Ethiopian Constitution), the right to marital, personal and family rights (Article 34) and the right to security of person (Article 16). Mention also the Ethiopian Government's international obligations, including CEDAW (Article15 - Equality before the law) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR, Article 23 - Free and full consent of parties intending to enter marriage). Letters should be addressed to:

H.E Prime Minster Meles Zenawi
Office of the Prime Minister
PO Box 1030
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Fax: +251-1-55-20-20

The Honorable Harka Haroye
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 1370
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Fax: +251-1-51-77-75

South Africa: Rape and Violence Against Women at the Durban Train Station

Action Number: 
6.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
1994 May 1

Regina Nyanda lives on the pavement of Umgeni Road, outside the Durban train station. She has been there for more than twenty years. Regina can hardly walk, and she suffers from epilepsy. During the day she sells used plastic chemical containers to make a living and to send money for her children to go to school.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the police officials listed below and call on them to provide effective protection for the women who live on the pavement of Umgeni Road outside the Durban train station. Ask them to institute a regular patrol, to investigate reports of rape and other violence, and to arrest those responsible. Please send copies of your letters to the South African embassy in your country and to President Nelson Mandela. Congratulate President Mandela as the first democratically elected president of South Africa and urge him to take action on behalf of the women at the Durban station, to demonstrate to the police and the public that the new South Africa will not tolerate rape and other violence against women and will give meaning to the right of equal protection of the law.

South African Police
District Commissioner
P.O. Box 10816
Durban 4000
South Africa
 
The Minister of Police
c/o The Commissioner of Police
Private Bag X94
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
 
President Nelson Mandela
Union Buildings
Pretoria
South Africa

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Failure to Arrest Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic

Action Number: 
3.6
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2001 Aug 1

There are rape camps all over the country. Thousands of women are being raped and killed. Thousands are pregnant as a result of rape. Over and over again, everywhere I went ... women told me stories of abomination--of being kept in a room, raped repeatedly and told they would be held until they gave birth to Serbian children. I heard stories of men being raped, of forced incest--fathers forced to rape daughters, brothers forced to rape sisters.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to General Joseph Ralston, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, calling on him to apprehend Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, and turn them over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to stand trial for the crimes they are charged with. Please also write to the Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska, Mladen Ivanic, noting the recently-adopted legislation that approves co-operation with the ICTY and asking him to take steps to ensure the immediate arrest of Karadzic and Mladic.

General Joseph Ralston
Supreme Allied Commander for Europe
NATO Headquarters
1110 Brussels
BELGIUM

H.E. Mladen Ivanic
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
Banja Luka
Republika Srpska
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Kosovo: Forced Removal, Rape, Genocide

Action Number: 
3.5
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
1999 Apr 1

A genocidal campaign of "ethnic cleansing" has displaced hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians living in Kosovo. There have been steady reports of killings, forced removals, and burning of villages. Now the first report of rape has emerged—young ethnic Albanian women being raped by Yugoslav soldiers at an army training camp near the town of Dakovica and as many as twenty women killed. But rape is not a new weapon of war in the Serbian arsenal.

What You Can Do: 

Through the poster in this action, Equality Now hopes to highlight the fact that the atrocities which are occurring in Kosovo are being carried out under orders, and that there are individuals such as Slobodan Milosevic who are directly responsible for them. Distribute the poster as widely as possible and call on NATO to take immediate action to arrest indicted war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, and to be prepared to take immediate action to arrest Slobodan Milosevic if and when he is indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Appeals should be addressed to Dr. Javier Solana, the Secretary General of NATO, and General Wesley K. Clark, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, at NATO Headquarters, 1110 Brussels, Belgium.

WANTED
Slobodan Milosevic
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC
FOR MASS RAPE AND MURDER
IN KOSOVO

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Rape, Forced Removal, Genocide

Action Number: 
3.4
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
1995 Aug 1

On July 11, 1995, the town of Srebrenica was overrun and captured by Bosnian Serb forces. Srebrenica had been declared a "safe area" by the United Nations in the summer of 1993 and United Nations peacekeepers were stationed in Srebrenica when it fell to the Bosnian Serbs. Numerous atrocities were reported by fleeing refugees, mostly women, children and the elderly, who initially went to Potocari, where United Nations peacekeepers guided them to factory buildings for the night and assured them that they would be safe.

What You Can Do: 

Continue to use the poster below to highlight the ongoing atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina—get it published in local newspapers, put it on billboards, hand it out at public events. Send copies of ads or photos of the poster, or the poster itself, to your President, Prime Minister, elected representatives, and government officials responsible for foreign affairs, and to Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, New York 10017. Call for immediate and effective action to stop the genocidal rape and killing in Bosnia-Herzegovina and call for international action to ensure the prompt arrest and trial of Radovan Karadzic, Ratko Mladic, and others indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal.

WANTED
Radovan Karadzic
RADOVAN KARADZIC
FOR MASS RAPE AND MURDER
IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Mass Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Genocide

Action Number: 
3.3
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
1994 Apr 1

In February 1993 Equality Now sent Feryal Gharahi, a Moslem lawyer and Vice-Chair of Equality Now, to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina where she documented the use of systematic mass rape and forced pregnancy as part of the Serbian genocidal "ethnic cleansing" policy. In June 1993 Feryal Gharahi returned to Croatia and travelled to the border of Bosnia-Herzegovina where she interviewed UNHCR officials, relief workers, and a number of recently arrived refugees.

What You Can Do: 

Use the poster on the reverse side of this page to highlight the ongoing atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina—get it published in local newspapers, put it on billboards, hand it out at public events. Send copies of ads or photos of the poster, or the poster itself, to your President, Prime Minister, elected representatives, and government officials responsible for foreign affairs, and to Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, New York 10017. Call for immediate action to stop the genocidal rape and killing in Bosnia-Herzegovina and call for the swift prosecution of war criminals such as Radovan Karadzic by the International Tribunal.

WANTED

Radovan Karadzic

RADOVAN KARADZIC
FOR MASS RAPE AND MURDER
IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Mass Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Genocide

Action Number: 
3.2
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
1993 Jun 1

In February 1993, Equality Now sent Feryal Gharahi, a Muslim lawyer and Vice-Chair of Equality Now, to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she documented the use of systematic mass rape and forced pregnancy as part of the Serbian genocidal "ethnic cleansing" policy. In June 1993, Feryal Gharahi returned to Croatia and travelled to the border of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she interviewed UNHCR officials, relief workers, and a number of recently arrived refugees.

What You Can Do: 

Use the poster below to highlight the ongoing atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina—get it published in local newspapers, put it on billboards, hand it out at public events. Send copies of ads or photos of the poster, or the poster itself, to your President, Prime Minister, elected representatives, and government officials responsible for foreign affairs, and to the Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, New York 10017. Call for immediate action to stop the genocidal rape and killing in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Try to send the poster and other messages of protest directly to Radovan Karadzic by fax at 38-11-235-1213.

WANTED

Radovan Karadzic

RADOVAN KARADZIC
FOR MASS RAPE AND MURDER
IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Mass Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Genocide

Action Number: 
3.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
1993 Feb 1

In February 1993, Equality Now sent Feryal Gharahi, a Muslim lawyer and a board member of Equality Now, to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Here are some of her findings:

What You Can Do: 

Use the poster below to encourage discussion in the media and elsewhere of the personal responsibility that leaders such as Radovan Karadzic have for the ongoing atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Get the poster published in local newspapers, put it on billboards, hand it out at public events. Send copies of ads or photos of the poster, or the poster itself, to your government representatives and to the Security Council at the United Nations, New York, New York 10017. Call for immediate action to stop the genocidal rape and killing in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You can also try to send the poster and other messages of protest directly to Radovan Karadzic by fax at 38-11-235-1213.

WANTED

RADOVAN KARADZIC
FOR MASS RAPE AND MURDER
IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

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