Sexual violence is a widespread and chronic issue in conflicts around the world. National efforts to address impunity for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) have led to progress and faced challenges. The UN Team of Experts, together with its partners, initiated a Digital Dialogue Series addressing topics covered in the Special Issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice on CRSV
The second Digital Dialogue of the Series will bring together several contributing authors to the Special Issue, academics, and experts on the prosecution and investigation of serious crimes in Latin America, with a focus on Colombia and Guatemala. Indeed, despite widespread impunity for conflict-related sexual violence, there have been a number of significant and innovative efforts to hold perpetrators accountable within national justice systems in these countries.
In Guatemala, national courts have prosecuted several emblematic cases involving sexual violence perpetrated by state security forces during the internal armed conflict. In Colombia, the creation of a Gender Submission within the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, as well as of a special investigation team for cases of sexual violence in the Investigation and Prosecution Unit, offer among others an opportunity for the development of innovative responses to conflict related sexual violence as the Jurisdiction begins to investigate and adjudicate priority cases.