Justice for the Yazidi woman: prosecuting forced contraception at the international criminal court
MALIK, MARIAM HIBA
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It has been over six years since Da’esh attacked the Yazidi community in Iraq, yet reproductive harms such as forced contraception inflicted on Yazidi women remain unaddressed and unpunished. Da’esh has used forced contraception as a method to ensure the continued rape and sexual enslavement of Yazidi women and girls. This dissertation investigates whether forced contraception can be prosecuted at the ICC under the Rome Statute, in line with its three objectives: to examine whether ICL’s historical treatment of SGBV demonstrates “gender-bias” flaws in the ICL framework; to assess whether forced contraception can be sufficiently addressed within the current ICL framework and lastly, to evaluate the effects of criminalizing forced contraception by making it a specific crime under the Rome Statute.