Representatives of women NGOs and survivors of rape visit Brussels

Representatives of women NGOs and survivors of rape visit Brussels

During the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), thousands of women were raped by members of military groups, armies and police forces. Fourteen years later, these women are still waiting for justice – successive governments failed to bring the perpetrators to justice and there have been no reparations for the survivors.

Amnesty International and a coalition of women NGOs from Bosnia and Herzegovina have launched a joint campaign in support of survivors of war crimes of sexual violence.

As part of that campaign, a delegation of women from BiH will be in Brussels this week, to urge EU institutions to exert pressure on the BiH state so that perpetrators are finally brought to justice and a strategy is put in place to respond to the psychological, social and health needs of the survivors.

The delegation will be meeting relevant EU officials and will speak at a hearing at the European Parliament.
> The hearing will be chaired by MEP Emine Bozkurt and will take place at 13pm in the European Parliament (02M004).

If you would like hear first-hand experience of these women you can also arrange separate interviews during 1-4 December.
When: Tuesday 1st December – Friday 4th December (availability to be defined)
Who: – A survivor of war rape who is now actively seeking justice;
– A psychotherapist who has been leading individual and group therapy for rape survivors for 14 years;
– A women’s rights activists who provides trainings for police, judges and civil servants on how to work with survivors of violence;
– An Amnesty International’s representative who leads an international campaign for the rights of the survivors of rape in BiH. 


For further comment/background and interviews: 
     Joana Gomes Cardoso
     Amnesty International EU Office (Brussels):
     Tel: 32-2-5021499
     Fax: 32-2-5025686
     Email: [email protected]