Practice Relating to Rule 93. Rape and Other Forms of Sexual Violence
Iraq’s Law of the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal (2005) identifies the following as a serious violation of the laws and customs of war applicable in both international and non-international armed conflicts: “Committing rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity”.
In 2012, Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights issued a press release entitled “The [D]eputy [M]inister of human rights for studies affairs heads the special committee related to children[’s] involvement in armed conflicts”, which stated:
[T]he [D]eputy [M]inister of human rights for studies affairs … chaired the meeting of the committee specialized in children[’s] involvement in armed conflicts on Wednesday 8 February 2012. … The meeting discussed [the] banning of children[’s] involvement in armed conflicts. The [D]eputy [M]inister said that “we work hard to provide enough protection to children in case they are subjected to sexual and prostitution exploitation[”].