The Hague principles on sexual violence Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice
Contributor(s): Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice.Material type: BookPublisher: The Hague, The Netherlands : Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice, 2019Description: electronic document (60 pages) ; PDF file.Subject(s): JUSTICE | LAW | SEXUAL VIOLENCE | WOMEN | VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE | THE NETHERLANDSOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website
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The Civil Society Declaration on Sexual Violence - p.3
International Criminal Law (ICL) Guidelines - p.35
Key Principles for Policy-Makers on Sexual Violence - p.55
Over the course of 2019, over 50 civil society organisations came together to bring the voices of survivors to the forefront of discussions about addressing sexual violence. More than 500 survivors were consulted on what they think makes violence ‘sexual’. Information from consultations was complemented by input from civil society, legal practitioners, academics, and policy makers to create The Hague Principles on Sexual Violence.
The Hague Principles on Sexual Violence consist of:
- The Civil Society Declaration on Sexual Violence – providing general guidance on what makes violence ‘sexual’, especially to survivors;
The Civil Society Declaration on Sexual Violence is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
- International Criminal Law (ICL) Guidelines – a tool for international criminal law practitioners that explains when acts of sexual violence in the Civil Society Declaration amount to international crimes,as well as practical elements to inform the international criminal law prosecution of these acts;
- Key Principles for Policy Makers on Sexual Violence – 10 key principles derived from the Civil Society Declaration to incorporate in policy development and implementation, legislative strategies and legal and judicial procedures.
By bringing together these diverse views and experiences, the Civil Society Declaration intends to inform and expand upon understanding of the concept and consequences of sexual violence.
The Civil Society Declaration acknowledges that the impact of sexual violence is felt by individuals, but also by families and communities, and can persist for generations.
- The Civil Society Declaration recognizes that sexual violence can be committed at any time, in any space, and by and against any individual adult or child, whether male, female, or otherwise. The Declaration also recognizes that sexual violence can be committed by many means, including through controlling a person’s sexual or reproductive capacity, coercing them into committing acts of sexual violence against another, or intrusion into their physical, mental, or emotional space.
The Declaration exemplifies the process of implementing lived experience and thoughtful engagement in shaping law. The examples given in this Declaration are illustrative, rather than exhaustive.
As a living document, the Declaration will be open to future revisions. (From the document). Record #6509