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5 Hastings Women's L.J. 69 (1994)
Rape as a Weapon of War in the Former Yugoslavia

handle is hein.journals/haswo5 and id is 77 raw text is: Rape as a Weapon of War in the Former
Hastings Law School Symposium*
I am honored to be here and very pleased for the invitation from
Hastings and Hastings' students. I am a Berkeley alumnus myself, so I
have a lot of pride in the University of California system. As a journalist
I traveled widely in the former Yugoslavia. I have reported and spoken on
the Bosnian war at academic meetings, on television, and radio. I have
researched the background of the conflict and have written for scholarly
and other publications.
The press and media have played a special role in the search for truth
about this tragedy. Reporters from the United States, the European media,
and the local media in the former Yugoslavia have been targeted for attack.
Death and injury have taken a high toll in the profession. Reporters have
also been responsible for revealing to the world the atrocities we associate
* The Symposium was held at Hastings College of the Law on April 21, 1993. It was
organized and sponsored by the Clara Foltz Feminist Association of Hastings, with
additional funding provided by the Associated Students of Hastings. The Clara Foltz
Feminist Association thanks Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza for her encouragement and
participation at this event.
1. Stephen Schwartz is a staff writer for the SAN FRANcIsco CHRONICLE and a frequent
contributor to national periodicals including the WALL STREET JOURNAL and the FORWARD.
He is the author of four books on 20th century politics. His most recent book is A
STRANGE SILENCE (ICS Press, 1992), on the Nicaraguan revolution and its aftermath.
He was one of the first U.S. journalists to write on the recent Balkan conflict, with his
earliest work appearing in the CHRONICLE several years before the war began, in 1987. He
has visited the region twice and interviewed many of the leading protagonists. In 1992, he
was a panelist at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of
Slavic Studies. He also collaborates with the ALBANIAN CATHOLIC BULLETIN, a leading
Balkanological journal.
He was the first American journalist to report on the victimization of Bosnian Jews
through ethnic cleansing, and on the rape and sexual torture of men in the Bosnian war.
Mr. Schwartz was educated in linguistics and history. He has served as a research
associate at the U.S. Institute of Peace and as a consultant for the U.S. State Department.



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