Public lecture 28 November KNAW fellow Maja Munivrana Vajda

On 28 November from 16:00 hrs, CICJ organises a public lecture, given by Dr. Maja Munivrana Vajda, KNAW Visiting Fellow at the CICJ, on acknowledging victims of war-related sexual violence in Croatia.

As a post-conflict, transitional society, Croatia is still confronting the consequences of the 1991-1995 war. While some more vocal groups of the population directly affected by the war quickly succeeded in achieving social recognition and a certain legal status, voices of victims of wartime sexual violence have for a long time remained unheard. Only a handful of perpetrators of these crimes were convicted, most of them in absentia, despite estimates indicating that at least several hundreds, if not thousands of victims were sexually assaulted during the war, most of whom women. After two decades of silence, the issue was finally brought to the fore by human rights activists and NGOs, which effectively argued that social and legal neglect of survivors of war-related sexual violence amounted to a breach of the internationally recognized right to reparations, the principle of non-discrimination and the right to equal access to justice. These efforts resulted in the adoption of a new law in 2015, which publicly acknowledged the suffering of these victims and provided compensation.

In this public lecture, Maja Munivrana Vajda, Associate Professor at University of Zagreb, Croatia, will describe the process that led to the adoption of the Law on the Rights of Victims of Sexual Violence during the Armed Aggression against the Republic of Croatia in the Homeland War, critically reevaluate its provisions, and assess its implementation in practice.

Drinks will be provided after the lecture.

Date:            28 November 2019
Time:           16.00 – 17.30
Venue:         Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Main building
Room:         HG 12A-37