Organizations & Institutions Working in the Field
"Medica" Zenica is an expert non-governmental organization that continuously offers psycho-social and medical support to women and children victims of war and also post war violence, including victims of war rapes and other forms of war torture, sexual violence in general, domestic violence survivors, as well as victims of trafficking in human beings.
The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina monitors and reports on war crimes proceedings to provide an objective and accurate assessment of the ability of the judicial system to prosecute and try cases in an effective, human rights compliant and expeditious manner. The Mission also supports the judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach out to communities in order to increase transparency and the level of public information in the area of war crimes and justice.
ASF serves the most vulnerable people waiting for justice. ASF intervenes in countries where human rights are not respected, where political violence and armed conflict reign, and where legal rules are flouted.
Since 2008, ABA ROLI has worked to combat sexual and gender-based violence in DRC by addressing access to justice, judicial reform, legal education and women's rights issues.
The International Justice Monitor website was created to expand awareness and understanding of the role of international justice in holding accountable those responsible for atrocities, particularly war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
It aims to do so by providing regular, balanced, and accessible monitoring reports on significant trials of those accused of mass crimes, focusing on prosecutions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and in national courts. The site is operated by the Open Society Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIRN BiH) is a media non-governmental organization based in Sarajevo, which specializes in monitoring and reporting on war crimes trials.
On 22 June 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone as his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General. Ms. Bangura replaces Margot Wallström, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and able leadership in achieving milestones within a challenging mandate.
UN Women’s programs on women, peace and security are guided by a series of commitments to women’s rights. These include resolution 1325, and six supporting UN Security Council resolutions—1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106 and 2122. Other key reference points are the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
In 2011, PHR launched the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, a multi-year training and advocacy initiative, with the aim of forging coalitions among regional medical, law enforcement, and legal experts in CAR, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. PHR’s goal is to dramatically increase local capacity for the collection of court-admissible evidence of sexual violence to support prosecutions for these crimes.
HEAL Africa’s Gender and Justice program tackles the root causes of gender inequality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). Through decades of war and centuries of exploitation, traditional social and community structures have broken down to the point where most of the population does not even know that they have rights.