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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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Voorstel van Wet strekkende tot de invoering van een herstelgerichte afdoening via bemiddeling in strafzaken in het Wetboek van Strafvordering, inclusief Memorie van Toelichting
John Blad, Jacques Claessen, Gert Jan Slump, Anneke van Hoek, Theo de Roos

In deze publicatie treft u een proeve van wetgeving aan, opgesteld op inititatief 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 van ruim tachtig strafrecht- en herstelrechtprofessionals. Het wetsvoorstel is op 21 feburari 2017 overhandigd aan de leden van de vaste kamercommissie voor Veiligheid en Justitie van de Tweede Kamer. Met dit voorstel van wet kan het formele wetgevingproces wat ons betreft echt van start. De mogelijkeheid om zaken in het strafrecht op een herstelgerichte manier af te doen is immers geen luxe, maar noodzaak.

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Background to the crisis in Syria and perspectives on human rights & humanitarian law violations
Yana Ballod

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, in mid-March 2011, the context in which it is regarded has been constantly changing. Four years later, the escalating violent armed conflict, fired from the “Arab Spring” movement has led to the rise of terrorist groups and a huge wave of refugees fleeing from the country. The present publication addresses the developments before 2011, as well as between mid-March 2011 and July 2015. It provides the factual background to the crisis and its analysis within the scope of humanitarian and human rights law. This volume is useful for understanding the roots of the crisis and its circumstances before summer 2015. A detailed research on what has happened and is happening in Syria brings up numerous unsolved issues within the international community. International law provides several possibilities for conflict resolution and stabilising crises: timely and effective response of international community represented by United Nations and its agencies, in particular United Nations Security Council; enforcement of the responsibility to protect; imposing sanctions; bringing to international justice and internationally addressing elements of the crisis, e. g. terrorism. However, with the involvement of different international actors, the implementation of international law depends on the particular behaviour of each of them. This way even erga omnes norms become voluntary. In the case of Syria, the application of international law instruments has been accompanied by hesitation. Cross-regional, regional and internal tensions prevented international community from shaping a coherent and decisive response to mass atrocities taking place in Syria. Thus, this research questions the existing system of leverages and sets an ambitious goal of finding out how to change it.

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Caught in Between Borders
Paul Minderhoud, Sandra Mantu & Karin Zwaan (eds)

"Caught in between borders: citizens, migrants and humans" reflects the fact that the same individual can be a citizen, a migrant or a human being within the same borders and that this categorization can change just like that. This title captures not only the academic fascination of professor Elspeth Guild for borders but also, to a certain extent, the life of Elspeth herself. The book contains 33 scientific contributions by (former) colleagues, PhD students and friends of Elspeth Guild, all of whom have had a special connection with the Centre for Migration Law (CMR). The contributions are divided into five categories: borders, citizens, migrants, asylum and the global compact on migration. They reflect the versatility of the work and interest of professor Elspeth Guild, who was professor of European Migration Law from 2001-2019 at the Faculty of Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Recent Publications

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Introduction to Law and Rights in Education
Gracienne Lauwers (ed)

Written by an international interdisciplinary consortium, the ‘Introductory Textbook On Law and Rights for Students in Teacher Training and Educational Sciences’ combines information about the features of education systems and education law from a comparative and European perspective for students and readers approaching this subject for the first time with online support. This is a publication by EduLaw. EduLaw introduces modules on law and rights in programmes of teacher training and educational sciences with the purpose to the contribution of building rights-based education systems in countries in transition. This publication is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 

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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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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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