Magazine article Herizons

Rape of Bosnian Women Prompts Worldwide Protest

Magazine article Herizons

Rape of Bosnian Women Prompts Worldwide Protest

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At lest 50,000 civilian women and children, most of them Bosnian Muslims, have reportedly been raped by Serbian soldiers.

We've listened, with anger, with rage to the daily news reports in the last few months, since a team of European investigators (which included former French health minister Simone Veil and British diplomat Anne Warburton) first reported `rape camps.' Many of the women and children have been killed. There are also reports of the sexual abuse of Serbian and Croatian women as well as men in detention centres.

While the government of the former Yugoslavia continues to deny reports, these incidents of rape have prompted serious attention from international news outlets.

International outrage over the rape and murder of civilians has prompted demand in Canada for refugee laws that recognize rape as a form of persecution and torture... therefore grounds for refugee status in Canada.

Women from all three major Canadian political parties joined forces to condemn the rape camps.

Dawn Black, M.P. (NDP), Barbara Greene, M.P. (P.C.) and Beryle Gaffney, M.P. (Liberal) said that "As Canadian women parliamentarians, we want to join the European Community's condemnation of the camps in which women's lives and souls are destroyed in the name of ethnic cleansing.

"There are allegedly 16 rape and death camps for women and young girls in the former Yugoslavia. The gang rape is being used as a weapon of genocide," the MPs said in a released statement.

Fran Hosken, the editor of the Women's International News (WIN), puts the wartime violence in a context of daily violence and oppression of women around the world. …

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