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Survivor-Centered Approaches to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

This article outlines the history of international humanitarian law vis-à-vis conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) from the promulgation of the Lieber Code in 1863 until the adoption in 2019 of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2467.

  • Klearchos A. Kyriakides, PhD, MPhil and Andreas K. Demetriades, MBBChir, MPhil
  • AMA [American Medical Association] Journal of Ethics

This article considers how a survivor-centered approach to CRSV has emerged, particularly since 2008.

The authors identify 3 significant clinical, ethical, and legal lessons:

(1) international humanitarian law, as articulated in the Geneva Conventions and other legal instruments, requires clinicians to adopt a holistic approach to care;

(2) during or after any…

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