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Akila Radhakrishnan

Akila Radhakrishnan

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Akila Radhakrishnan is senior counsel at the Global Justice Center working on the Geneva Initiative, which aims to ensure justice, accountability and equal rights to people in conflict and in post-conflict situations, and establish global legal precedents protecting human rights and ensuring gender equality.

Articles

‘Everybody knew who testified’: Can disguises work for rape survivors?

‘Everybody knew who testified’: Can disguises work for rape survivors?

By — April 11, 2014
A woman sits, microphone in hand, behind a billowing, black curtain—further obscured by a black veil that hides her face, her body, and even her hands—as she finds the courage to recount her rape by government soldiers in Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo. more »
New report details ongoing sexualized violence in Burma

New report details ongoing sexualized violence in Burma

By — January 13, 2014
On November 27, 2012, a 26-year-old woman was gang-raped by seven Burmese soldiers. When the woman’s husband returned home, the soldiers threatened to kill him. “Even if you tell other people, there is no one who will take action,” they said. “We have the authority to rape women.” more »
How US policy denies life-saving care to women raped in war

How US policy denies life-saving care to women raped in war

By — August 12, 2013
Angelina Jolie doesn't mince words. “Let us be clear what we are speaking about,” the award-winning actress and humanitarian said in June as she addressed the United Nations Security Council session on sexualized violence in conflict. “Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula; boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters; women raped with bottles, wood branches, and knives to cause as much damage as possible; toddlers, even babies, dragged from their homes and violated.” more »
License to rape: How Burma’s military employs systematic sexualized violence

License to rape: How Burma’s military employs systematic sexualized violence

By — March 15, 2012
Last week, a young woman from the Karen ethnic minority in Burma reported being “beaten, drugged, and sexually assaulted by two men wearing army fatigues.” In November 2011, reports emerged that four women were being kept as sex slaves by the Burmese military near the Kachin-China border; forced to cook and clean during the day and gang-raped at night by the soldiers in the Light Infantry Battalion 321. These reports, unfortunately, are not rare. more »