Causes Of Crimes Against Humanity Essay

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We know crimes against humanity as a deliberate criminal act or acts that are typically part of a systematic campaign which causes human suffering or death on a large scale. The acts are an attack on human dignity where the crimes can be committed during times of war and peace. Offences that come under this category include murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation or forcible transfer of a population, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, sexual violence, persecution against any identifiable group or collective, enforced disappearance of persons and other inhumane acts of a similar character and gravity1,2,3.
I have decided to examine sexual violence and in particular the motivations behind such crimes that constitute as sexual violence; this encompasses crimes such as rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity1,2,3,. In particular I am going to examine sexual violence in reference to the conflict in former Yugoslavia, known as the Bosnian war.
The Bosnian War of 1992-1995 was a major conflict that was seen to be politically and racially motivated between the Serbian’s, Croatian’s and Bosnian’s. During this time the Serbian’s were participating in an illegal conflict by being in violation of the Geneva conventions, customary laws, as well as committing odious offences that we know as crimes against humanity4.
It hasn’t been overtly
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