The Ascent of Militancy = Increase In Rape, and a War Fought On the Bodies Of Women
- This is not about the spoils of war.
- Rape is the Islamic States’ tactic for genocide and terror.
- This is about Three Major War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
RINJ Is Pro-Active at an Early Stage of Prosecuting War Crime
The RINJ Foundation monitors and reports on actors who commit or order the commission of acts of sexual violence as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group.
- (gender violence) A pattern of ordered rape, enslavement and forced marriage. Increasingly the woman’s body is the terrain of ISIL’s militant conquest. In it’s recent (mid-October 2014) release of its propaganda rag Dabiq ISIL has ordered enslavement and rape of Christian and Yazidi women.
Will lead to a conviction of:
- (genocide) Inseminating women with Islamic State semen to end an ethnicity is part of the ISIL motivation for rape.
Will lead also to a conviction of:
- (aggression) “I have been commanded to fight against people till they (who remain alive) testify that there is no god but Allah…” – USC Religious Studies
The United Nations has since the Nuremburg trials twice convened a tribunal in the Hague, once for crimes in the former Yugoslave states and once for Rwanda. (https://rinj.org/war-crime/)
Those experiences led to the creation of the ICC.
The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) is a permanent international tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Jurisdiction for the crime of aggression will not be active until 2017 and there has been some suggestion that The RINJ Foundation’s criminal charges for war-time sex crimes may need to await the more encompassing charge of aggression but an argument has been prepared to suggest that the more immediate and specific charges of gender-based violence, rape and therefore genocide could lead in to aggression charges as valid precursor evidence of “aggression”, especially where a series of charges show trend progression and pervasiveness of the crimes. In otherwords trying a collection of rape cases fromwar zones could lead to a significant charge of wholesale aggression by 2017 when the ICC’s “aggression-mandate” comes into play.
The RINJ Foundation has volunteers in the field, collecting evidence and doing survivor support and case work reporting. Any person can file a report of war-time rape of their own experience or their knowledge of crime against another person by submiting photographs (especially identification photos of perpetrators before, at, or after the material time) and documents here on this web site. You can file a detailed report here.
The ICC was created by the Rome Statute which came into force on 1 July 2002.The Court is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, but its proceedings may take place anywhere. It is intended to complement existing national judicial systems, and may only exercise its jurisdiction when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes. In the case of Syria and The Congo the nation states are unwilling. Other states are willing.
Rape is a significant and disturbing feature of the Syrian civil war;
– the Islamic State’s occupation of Northern Syria and as well the
Syrians who fled from their country to Lebanon and other nations identified rape as a primary reason their families left. Many women and girls relay accounts of being attacked in public or in their homes, primarily by armed men. Many more are silent survivors of rape.
These rapes, sometimes by multiple rapists, occur many times in front of family members. Women and girls are kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed. Survivors fear retribution by their assailants (There is a strong likelihood they will be raped again or killed by the agency they report the crime to.), being killed by “shamed” family members, or in the case of girls, being married off at an early age to ‘safeguard their honour’.
For survivors who manage to flee to other countries, there is a shortage of medical and counselling services to help them recover in the communities where they have settled and even there, challenges continue. Many women and girls face unsafe conditions in refugee camps as well as elevated levels of domestic violence.
According to the Islamic State ISIL magazine, Dabiq, Issue 4 (Read All – Dabiq: islamic-state-isis-magazine-Issue-4-the-failed-crusade):
Every Muslim should get out of his house, find
a *crusader, and kill him. It is important that the
killing becomes attributed to patrons of the Islamic
State who have obeyed its leadership. This
can easily be done with anonymity. Otherwise,
crusader media makes such attacks appear to be
*it is very important that attacks take place
in every country that has entered into the alliance
against the Islamic State, especially the US,
UK, France, Australia, and Germany. Rather, the
citizens of crusader nations should be targeted
wherever they can be found.
Dabiq also says that Islamic law gives the militants the right to enslave and sexually assault women, lamenting the decline of slavery as a reason that men cheat on their wives.
Finally, a number of contemporary scholars have mentioned that the desertion of slavery had led to an increase in fahishah (adultery, fornication, etc.), because the Sharia alternative to marriage is not available…”
The RINJ Foundation is amassing a database of Islamic State offenders to show to survivor-witnesses.
- RINJ Members are doing research online from home.
- RINJ has investigators in the field who are identifying persons who have been accused of committing a war-crime of sexual violence. This is an arduous task and many elements of the work come in the form of individual researchers’ contributions to the database.
- RINJ Telecommuting volunteers working from their home all around the world:
- Researchers are needed to scour the internet for news pictures taken in the field. They are then uploaded to the RINJ Foundation and other researches make the data available to people in the field. By searching social media and other resources, identifying the offenders is a tedious but rewarding task.
- Information derived from telecommuting RINJ members work includes analyzing photographs for tattoos, scars, jewelry, articles of clothing, beard shapes, hair removal patterns (shaving patterns), spectral analysis (hair coloring, skin tones (1-5)) etcetera. The data is then stored in an RDBMS (Relational database management system) and correlated.
- The methods RINJ uses to assemble and correlated data are internationally accepted routines capable of adducing to any court as evidence for identification and prosecution of war criminals.
- The RINJ Foundation has volunteers in the field who are collecting evidence and doing survivor support and case work reporting.
- RINJ members in the field are surreptitiously taking photographs of alleged offenders.
- The RINJ Cell Phone For Survivor programme has brought much data to the endeavor. Many cell phones are now in the hands of women who are prisoners, refugees or in hiding.
- Women and children survivors of war-crime rape in the field use The RINJ Foundation’s mobile web reporting functions to tell their story and make a complaint which RINJ then investigates.
- Any RINJ Foundation Member can file a report of war-crime rape of their own experience or their knowledge of crime against another person by submitting photographs (especially identification photos of perpetrators before, at, or after the material time) and documents here on this page. You can file a detailed report here.
ISIL War Crime Mission Needs Funding:
RINJ has investigators in the field who are identifying persons who have been accused of committing a war-crime of sexual violence.
The commission of acts of sexual violence as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group is a war crime that must be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.
Workers travel, interview survivors and pursue identification evidence about perpetrators.