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The Nairobi Declaration: Redefining reparations for women victims of sexual violence.

Couillard, Valérie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) International Journal of Transitional Justice. 1:444-453.

This paper explores the contribution of the ‘Nairobi Declaration on the Right of Women
and Girls to a Remedy and Reparation’ to the problem of delivering justice through reparation
programmes for women victims of sexual violence in conflict situations. It highlights
that this civil society initiative is particularly significant because it gives voice to
women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence. Placed in the context of the recent
adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Basic Principles and Guidelines
on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International
Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law, the Nairobi
Declaration redefines reparation and guides policy-making for implementing this right
specifically for victims of sexual violence. The concept of reparation as a transformative
and participative process put forward in the Nairobi Declaration constitutes its most
innovative and inspiring contribution. (author’s abstract)


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