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Berlin: Protest Action against Rape in Ukraine War

Women protest in front of the Federal Ministry of Economics against the violence against women and girls during the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine.

Women protest in front of the Federal Ministry of Economics against the violence against women and girls during the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine., © picture alliance/dpa

28.04.2022 - Article

With a protest action, numerous women in Berlin demonstrated against rape in the Ukraine war and the import of Russian natural gas.

According to police, about 170 participants lined up in front of the Federal Ministry of Economics in the government district in Berlin-Mitte on Thursday. Most of them wore white clothes covered in artificial blood. Many had bandaged their hands, taped their mouths or pulled a garbage bag over their heads.

“Every day that the war continues, unfortunately, this continues to take place,” said Julia Singh of the Voices of Ukraine initiative and co-organizer of the demonstration.

Hands tied behind the back and artificial blood symbolize the suffering of the affected women.
Hands tied behind the back and artificial blood symbolize the suffering of the affected women.© picture alliance/dpa

Reports of rape and sexual violence against women are currently mounting in Ukraine.

Sima Bahous, Executive Director for UN Women, is calling for these allegations to be investigated independently. But documenting and thus investigating and prosecuting these war crimes is difficult. The first prosecution of rape as a war crime was against a Rwandan politician in 1998. The first prosecution by the United Nations occurred in former Yugoslavia, when Serbian forces maintained “rape camps” that judges described as “instruments of terror.” At that time, at least 25,000 Muslim women and girls were raped.

Since July 1, 2002, sexual violence has been explicitly designated as a crime against humanity and a war crime for the first time in the history of international criminal law.

Human Rights Watch: Sexual Violence as International Crime


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