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Rape and other forms of sexual violence against women were widespread during the 1992-1995 war in
Many perpetrators of war crimes of sexual violence continue to enjoy impunity and often live in the same communities as their victims. This contributes to continuing trauma and other psychological problems for survivors of these crimes. Moreover, psychological support is often not available and access to health services limited, especially for women in remote areas of the country. Many survivors are unemployed and live in poverty and cannot afford even prescribed medicines. The issue of rape remains a taboo in BiH and survivors of this crime continue to be stigmatized by society.
This report documents how the BiH authorities have violated a wide range of rights of the survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence. It concludes with a set of recommendations which, if implemented, would enhance the protection of women survivors of war crimes of sexual violence in BiH
AI Index: EUR 63/006/2009
Date published: 30/09/2009