Reproducing Impunity: Gendering the Draft Convention on Crimes against Humanity

30 Oct 2019 15:57

The International Law Commission has been considering a treaty on crimes against humanity since 2014. In 2017, it proposed draft articles, which the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee continues to consider. Some sticking points on the draft convention relate to how gender concepts are understood. In 2018, 583 civil society organizations called for the Commission to change the draft definition of gender from the Rome Statute’s definition to that put forward by the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC). GAAMAC partner Global Justice Center welcomes the removal of the outdated gender definition, but argues that this alone is not enough, proposing further avenues on how the draft treaty’s inadequacies related to sexual and gender-based violence should be addressed. In this month’s factsheet, they take a closer look at one crime under the treaty: forced pregnancy.