forced pregnancy


Forced pregnancy means the unlawful confinement of a woman who has been forcibly impregnated, with the intent of affecting the ethnic composition of any population or carrying out other grave violations of international law. Forced pregnancy is defined as a crime against humanity and a war crime by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and is equated with torture.

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International Criminal Court (1998). Rome Statute. First circulated as document A/CONF.183/9 of 17 July 1998 and corrected by process-verbaux of 10 November 1998, 12 July 1999, 30 November 1999, 8 May 2000, 17 January 2001 and 16 January 2002. Available at: