10 years Mukomeze: film screening ‘The Uncondemned’ and talk

10 years Mukomeze: film screening ‘The Uncondemned’ and talk

Ten years ago Mukomeze Foundation was founded. Because of this anniversary we are organising a special evening at Humanity House in The Hague on Thursday April 5th. We will screen the documentary The Uncondemned and afterwards Anne-Marie de Brouwer, co-founder of Mukomeze, and Patricia Viseur-Sellers, special advisor at the International Criminal Court discuss various topics regarding the film.

Trailer of ‘The Uncondemned’

The Uncondemned tells the gripping story of a group of young international lawyers, activists and Rwandan women. Together, they played a major role in the international recognition and prosecution of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

During the Rwandan genocide, starting on the 6th of April in 1994, an estimated 800.000 Rwandans were brutally killed in the space of 100 days. Soon after the genocide, it became clear that sexual violence had played a major factor during the mass murder and was used as a weapon of war.

Four years later, in 1998, judges of the Rwanda Tribunal gave an important verdict. For the first time a suspect was found guilty of using sexual violence as a weapon of war during a genocide: mayor Jean-Paul Akayesu. The documentary portrays this iconic trial.

After the movie, we will talk about the prosecution of sexual violence as a weapon of war and the judicial process regarding the trials. Did the case against Akayesu have a deterring effect on possible future perpetrators? What needs to be done to prosecute those who go unpunished? And how does sexual violence still play a role in today’s conflict areas?

Speakers

  • Anne-Marie de Brouwer. Co-founder Mukomeze Foundation and IMPACT: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict.
  • Patricia Viseur Sellers. Special Adviser on gender-based crimes for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Patricia contributed to the trial against Akayesu.
  • The moderator will be Christophe Paulussen. Senior Researcher T.M.C. Asser Instituut.

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