the female body has been a battlefield . We can not accept, " says nobel peace prize winner Denis Mukwege. The congolese doctor has devoted his life to help women who have been exposed to sexual violence. Jesidi-woman Nadia Murad has even been sexually abused when she was held as ICE-slave for several months before she managed to escape. Since then, she has defied the stigma and shame, to bear witness to the grotesque mangling thousands of her medsøstre exposed, many of them children and teens. Boys and men are also increasingly exposed.
Now they hope both that fredsprisens floodlights can contribute to the widespread use of sexualised violence in war and terror, have consequences, are investigated and prosecuted. An international law is well on its way in place. In Norway, sexual violence in war incorporated in straffelovgivningen about genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. But in spite of the increased knowledge and awareness about how rape and assault are used as weapons, there is little willingness to make use of the legislation. It is especially true internationally, but also in Norway.
Probably are the people in the Uk who can be prosecuted for sexualised violence. It could be about the Norwegian fremmedkrigere, but also refugees who require protection. Norwegian prosecutors have shown little willingness to prosecute people for the kind of crimes. Instead, the content you with to apply terrorlovgivning. It is perhaps convenient, but it signals that we still do not take such crimes of sufficient seriousness.
It was actually as late as in the 1990s that the international community first began to wake up and recognize that women and children's krigsopplevelser could be juxtaposed with the men's. Violence and abuse against women was recognized as a part of warfare. The un security council resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, emphasises therefore the importance that the women participate in the negotiations and konfliktråd. But we are not gone further than that it is still almost straffefritt to use rape as a weapon of war.
It was the Norwegian elected officials who nominated this year's prize laureates. It is all well and good. The peace prize is a powerful platform. But the government and the Parliament should also help to ensure that the prosecution, the priority to investigate and prosecute sexual assault, which are among the most serious and common war crimes. It had been the best way to greet the prize winners. the