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With the help of RSS technology, World Pulse's editors monitor hundreds upon hundreds of global news sites and blogs each day.

As the director of that effort, I am proud to share our current collection of specialized, topic-based feeds with the PulseWire community. We update them daily to bring you fresh, relevant information published outside this website.

The diversity of the viewpoints included here represent the wide net cast by our research team. Interested in helping us monitor news and blogs? Leave a comment here or send me an email using this form.

Enjoy, and please let me know if we can modify this service or its content to better meet your needs!

Maria

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Comments

Maria,

I want to share "news" bulletins that come across my desk every day and am not sure where on PulseWire to post them. I can put them in my own blog, but feel they should go to the PulseWire news editor, which is you. What is the best way to share this so it can go into a News Section? Can we have a "News Section" on PulseWire that we add our news to?

Here is the news I wanted to share with others. I'll put it into My Voices page, too, but feel such news might get lost. Thanks for your insights. - AC

August 2, 2007

The lengthy prison terms for war crimes and crimes against humanity handed

down by the Special Court for Sierra Leone last month have been greeted

with widespread praise. Two senior members of the Armed Forces

Revolutionary Council were sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment and another

to 45 years for atrocities, including rape, committed during the country's

civil war.

Indeed, calling senior military leaders to account for sexual crimes

against women is a historic achievement. The July 19 sentencing reaffirms

that rape is among the gravest violations of international law, on par with

acts of mass murder and terrorism.

The precedent set by the International Criminal Tribunals for the former

Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as the investigations into Central African

Republic and Darfur being conducted by the International Criminal Court,

suggests that post-conflict justice for sexual violence may at last be

becoming the rule rather than the exception.

Yet during the 11 years of brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, more than 50

per cent of the country's women and girls suffered sexual violence. Five

years later, only 11 suspects have been indicted.

This means that thousands of women will never see their rapists brought to

justice. They will, instead, continue to see them in the streets, parks and

marketplaces of their communities. For these women, there is no closure to

the trauma of wartime rape. Peace brings no peace of mind. And there is no

equality before the law.

The women of Sierra Leone look to the Special Court as an emblem of hope

for ending impunity. But beyond the high-profile cases that the Court is

mandated to take on, it is also hoped that it will help bolster the

capacity of local courts to convict the thousands of lower-ranking rapists

who walk free. This is indeed the best hope for resurrecting the rule of

law in a war-ravaged nation.

Regrettably, international support for the rehabilitation of justice

systems and the rule of law has not prioritized women's access to justice.

This has generally been sidelined in favour of market-oriented reform, such

as revising corporate laws to improve the investment climate.

Such an approach overlooks the fact that age-old social and economic

inequalities - including those between women and men - are often the root

causes of conflict, instability or economic stagnation.

For more information and to access the complete article, please visit

http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/August07/SLRape.html

Anne-christine d'Adesky
Director of Global Advocacy
3345 22nd street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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