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And I Live On
Anne-Marie de Brouwer, Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Eef je de Volder & Samer Muscati


In the 100 days of genocide that ravaged the small East Central African nation of Rwanda between April and July 1994, approximately 1 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed, and an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped, as well as an unknown number of men and boys. Almost all Rwandan women who survived the genocide were victims of sexual violence or were profoundly affected by it, and an astounding 70 per cent of survivors are living with hiv. And I Live On features searing testimonials from Rwandan survivors of the genocide15 and 25 years after the horrific events of 1994. Through their narratives and Samer Muscati’s powerful portraits, these women and one man bear witness to the crimes committed in their country and to the suffering they continue to endure. The testimonials also showcase the survivors’ extraordinary strength, courage and resilience—challenging the stigma they face both as survivors of sexual violence and as people living with hiv. In speaking out, they provide a glimpse into the worlds of survivors living with the genocide’s legacy decades after a conflict. Their stories, along with the accompanying text and illustrations, make an indelible impact. About the authors Anne-Marie de Brouwer works in the field of international criminal justice, conflict-related sexual violence, human trafficking and victims’ rights at Impact: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is the co-founder of Mukomeze. Sandra Ka Hon Chu is the Director of Research and Advocacy at the Canadian hiv/aids Legal Network, where she works on hiv-related human rights issues concerning prisons, drug policy, sex work, women and immigration. Eefje de Volder is an anthropologist and lawyer working in the field of human trafficking, victims’ rights and conflict-related sexual violence at Impact: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict. Samer Muscati is a Canadian lawyer, documentary photographer and former journalist. As a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, he focused on women’s rights in conflict zones. He runs the International Human Rights program at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.   For more information on the project, presentation of the book and events please contact: impact-now.org   REVIEWS OF THE BOOK “If the designation of survivor resonates over the miserable label of victim, then these lives that persist, strengthen, must continue to speak, loudly.” Patricia Viseur Sellers, Special Advisor on Gender to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and former Gender Legal Advisor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda “Graphically, and without doubt, this book makes the case that rape is no lesser a crime than murder.” Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honorable Roméo Dallaire “Survivors choose to tell their stories in the hope that others will hear. These searing testimonials of inconsolable anguish and awe-inspiring resilience will change you forever and spark you to act to honour dignity.” Dr. James Orbinski, former international president of Doctors without Borders/msf and author of An Imperfect Offering
“The survivors of unspeakably brutal sexual violence managed to leave their past in the past. They realized it would destroy their future. With incredible strength they managed to live for what today has to offer, not for what the terrible past has taken away. This book tells us how they returned the smiles to their faces and the hope in their hearts.” Patrick Cammaert, Assistant Secretary-General, Head of UNMHA
“This book is about moving beyond surviving into becoming victors. It reminds us that while their pain and abuse will remain remarkable, their testimonials and current situation is what resilience and courage mean. This is what the commitment to remember, unite and renew yields.” Dr. Usta Kaitesi, Acting ceo, Rwanda Governance Board
“And I Live On: The Resilience of Rwandan Genocide Survivors of Sexual Violence is an exemplary contribution to genocide studies and advances public understanding of genocide. It is a distinct contribution to many disciplines including genocide studies, sociology, history, conflict resolution and human rights. The book is also a testament to the editors’ and photographer’s vision of the consequential role we all have in contributing to a more compassionate and just world. Pioneering allies
to survivors, they serve as an example to us all.”
Dr. Kimberley Ducey, Associate Professor, The University of Winnipeg  

Forthcoming Publications

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Wie ogen heeft om te ziení
Hans Geleijnse

"Hitler's soep zal niet zo heet behoeven gegeten te worden als ze is opgediend" (De Tijd). 
"Wanneer ze eenmaal in de regering zitten, zullen ze wel trachten zich zo behoorlijk mogelijk te gedragen" (Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant). 
Zo reageerden belangrijke Nederlandse kranten op de ontwikkelingen in Duitsland vόόr 1933. 
"Wie ogen heeft om te zien' zou echter moeten weten dat het op een moordpartij zal uitdraaien als Hitler aan de macht zal komen (Het Volk). 
Ook over het fascisme in andere landen liepen de meningen in de pers sterk uiteen. Voor sommige kranten was Mussolini "een vredesapostel', volgens andere kranten zou het fascisme onvermijdelijk tot oorlog leiden. 
Hans Geleijnse (1947) analyseert hoe zeven Nederlandse landelijke kranten op de ontwikkeling van het fascisme in Europa in de periode 1919-1933 hebben gereageerd. Werd de Nederlandse lezer goed geinformeerd? Welke aspecten van het fascisme werden geprezen en welke veroordeeld? Werd het fascisme als een gevaar beschouwd voor vrijheid en democratie in Europa? Welke invloed hadden de ontwikkelingen op Nederland zelf?
In dit onderzoek naar de twintiger jaren dringen zich parallellen op met de huidige tijd. Ook nu is sprake van onderschatting van ultra-nationalistische en populistische bewegingen en van het miskennen van de drijfveren van de kiezers. 

"Wie ogen heeft om te zien' geeft een helder beeld van de beoordeling van het fascisme in Italiё, Hongarije, Spanje, Oostenrijk, Duitsland, Roemeniё, Slowakije, Portugal en Finland door De Telegraaf, de liberale Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, het katholieke De Tijd, de antirevolutionaire krant De Standaard, de christelijk-historische De Nederlander, de sociaal-democratische krant Het Volk en de communistische De Tribune. 

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Forgiveness in criminal law through incorporating restorative mediation
Jacques Claessen

In this monograph, the author argues for the integration of the concept of forgiveness into criminal law through incorporating restorative justice practices such as victim-offender mediation. Although forgiveness is not a purpose in itself nor can it be enforced, criminal law should provide room for forgiveness. Contrary to retribution, in the sense of channelled revenge, forgiveness has, after all, proven its practical usefulness in conflict resolution and in paving the way for reconciliation. The author contends that it is about time that criminal law is aimed at peace-making. This will inevitably entail significant changes to substantive and procedural criminal law. Ultimately, morality, law and politics should focus on achieving a harmonious, peaceful and, wherever possible, non-violent society. Civilisation is about more than merely substituting unbridled revenge by channelled revenge (retribution). The ideals glimmering on the horizon are repaying evil with goodness, restoration and forgiveness. This monograph discusses the views of several ethicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists and legal scholars and seeks to provide answers to the following questions: what is forgiveness? How is it brought about? Are retribution and forgiveness each other’s opposites? Why is forgiveness important? Which view of mankind does it reflect? Does forgiveness belong to the public domain? How can it be shaped to fit into the criminal justice system? And what role does restorative justice play in this regard? Dr. Jacques Claessen (Maastricht, 1980) is an Associate Professor of Criminal Law at the Department of Criminal law and Criminology of the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University and serves as a substitute judge at the Limburg District Court in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2012, he was awarded with the very first Bianchi Restorative Justice Prize. Forewords by dr. John Blad, former Associate Professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Nico Tydeman, Zen teacher and spiritual leader of the Amsterdam Zen Centre.

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Discover International Law
W. van Genugten, N. Schrijver & D. Heerdt

International law has a huge impact on everyday life, but often only specialists are aware of that. The goal of this book is to make international law accessible for all people interested but not (yet) being such experts. It is an invitation to Discover International Law, and to see how it links to major challenges of today’s world. A second goal of the book is to highlight and explain the long-standing relationship between international law and the City of The Hague, “an epicentre of international justice and accountability" in the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Describing international law as it is and discussing trends and barriers, the authors draw optimistic conclusions in the end, despite the fact that putting international law into practice is in many ways an uphill struggle. They reach their conclusions by looking at international law as part of the ‘ongoing civilization of relations between states’. Analyzing a range of topics, they also make clear that international law serves as a domain that tackles ‘problems without passports’ in increasing interaction between people(s), states, the civil society (NGOs, trade unions, religious groups) and companies, all that being supported and critically followed by the academic community.

Recent Publications

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Legislative Proposal to Introduce Provisions Governing Restorative Justice Services into the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedre and Explanatory Memorandum
Jacques Claessen, John Blad, Gert Jan Slump, Theo de Roos, Anneke van Hoek, Annemieke Wolthuis

This publication contains the revised version of a legislative proposal, drafted by and at the initiative of citizens, to introduce restorative justice provisions into the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. The initiative to this Legislative Proposal and its Explanatory Memorandum was taken within the framework of the impending introduction of the new Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure. It was drafted by an Initiator Group consisting of persons working for Maastricht University and the Dutch Restorative Justice Foundation in collaboration with a think tank made up of professionals from the fields of criminal law and restorative justice. This legislative draft was presented to the Minister of Legal Protection, drs S. Dekker, and to the members of the Permanent Commission for Justice and Security of the Lower Chamber on 27 June 2018. The authors feel that the official legislative process can begin in earnest, now that a revised version of the Legislative Proposal has been completed. Being able to deal with criminal matters in a more restorative manner is after all not a luxury, but a necessity.   ‘This initiative has generated an incentive and a standardisation that are of value to an evolving justice practice. The role which this revised version has assigned to the Mediation Offices is in tune with the way in which mediation in criminal cases is organised in the work processes of Public Prosecutors’ Offices and the Courts.”  mr Judith Uitermark - judge and national coordinator mediation in criminal cases. 

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Digital Markets in the EU
Marc Veenbrink, Anne Looijestijn-Clearie & Catalin S. Rusu (eds)

The opportunities presented by the internet have changed the way in which businesses conduct their commercial practices. Some businesses have emerged over the years due to the opportunities created by the digital era, while others have adapted their business models to cope with the new challenges of the ‘digital economy’. Digital markets are dynamic in nature and exhibit features which set them apart from the ‘traditional economy’: for example, players active in such markets are driven by the ‘winner takes all’ mirage, while the consumers of digital products or services often pay for their purchases by ‘disclosing their personal data’. Digitalisation is thus a phenomenon that has and will very likely continue to change our lives, regardless of the roles one may play in the digital markets context. The developments in the digital era occur at a mindboggling pace. Therefore, policymakers, legislators, and law enforcers need to keep up to date with these developments. This book examines some of the economic law challenges which the digitalisation of our society raises for policymakers and law enforcers. In this respect, both recent regulatory and enforcement (EU and domestic) initiatives are discussed. The common thread which ties this book’s contributions together relates to the question of whether we need regulation, or whether the market, and thus the current legal framework(s), are suitable for tackling the challenges of the digital era.   This volume in the Radboud Economic Law Series is based on the contributions presented at the second Radboud Economic Law Conference, held at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on 9 June 2017.

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Voorstel van Wet strekkende tot de invoering van herstelrechtvoorzieningen in het Wetboek van Strafvordering, inclusief Memorie van Toelichting
Jacques Claessen, Gert Jan Slump, Anneke van Hoek, Annemieke Wolthuis, Theo de Roos

In deze publicatie treft u de herziene versie aan van het voorstel van wet strekkende tot de invoering van herstelrechtvoorzieningen in het Wetboek van Strafvordering, opgesteld op initiatief van en door burgers. Het is een wetsvoorstel, inclusief Memorie van Toelichting, waartoe wij het initiatief hebben genomen in het kader van de aanstaande invoering van een nieuw Wetboek van Strafvordering. Het voorstel van wet is geschreven door een initiatiefgroep (Universiteit Maastricht en Restorative Justice Nederland) in samenwerking met een denktank bestaande uit strafrecht- en herstelrechtprofessional. De proeve van wetgeving is in juni 2018 aangeboden aan Minister voor Rechtsbescherming drs. S. Dekker en aan de leden van de Vaste Kamercommissie voor Justitie en Veiligheid van de Tweede Kamer. Met deze herziene versie van het voorstel van wet kan het formele wetgevingsproces wat ons betreft echt van start. De mogelijkheid om zaken in het strafrecht op een meer herstelgerichte manier af te doen is immers geen luxe, maar een noodzaak. 

“De stimulans en de uniformering die van dit initiatief uitgaat is waardevol voor de zich ontwikkelende rechtspraktijk. Door de rol die in deze herziene versie is toebedeeld aan de mediationbureaus wordt aangesloten bij de wijze waarop mediation in strafzaken is geregeld in de werkprocessen van OM en ZM”. 

mr. Judith Uitermark – rechter en landelijk coördinator mediation in strafzaken. 

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