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The systematic use of extreme violence, in particular sexual violence, in conflict and post-conflict situations raises the pressing question of how to end the cycle of impunity. Although the priority is for national justice systems to bring the perpetrators of massive human rights abuses in their territories to account, it has been amply demonstrated that this is not always a practical answer.
On 13 and 14 May 2008, representatives of the International Criminal Court and the ad hoc tribunals, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, human rights organisations, and the European Parliament were brought together by FRIDE and WorldCom Foundation - LolaMora Productions to explore these questions.
Experts focused on complementarity, participation of women in judicial
processes and three case studies in Africa. This Conference Report relates the key points of debate as discussed in the different panels with proposals relating to the pending challenges in achieving justice for women.