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WHAT – Justice Rapid Response (JRR) is an intergovernmental facility that manages the rapid deployment of criminal justice professionals from a stand-by roster. These experts, coming from every region of the world, are specifically trained in the investigation of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations.

 

WHY – JRR was created through an intergovernmental forum to provide the international community with a facility to more effectively deliver international criminal justice and respond to serious human rights violations, making it more likely that “seeing justice done” becomes a component of post-conflict peacebuilding.

 

JRR experts, coming from every part of the world, build national capacity, as well as internationally deployable capacity. In this way, they assist in the delivery of the complementarity principle under the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court.

 

HOW – Experts from the JRR roster can assist in response to requests made by States, or international institutions with the jurisdiction, to carry out investigations, inquiries, fact-finding, mediation support and other activities where the identification, analysis, collection, preservation and reporting of information pertaining to genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or serious human rights violations is needed.

 

Operational since October 2009, JRR has already assisted in response to 43 requests for deployments of experts.

WHO – JRR currently has 73 participating States, and has an Executive Board consisting of Argentina, Canada, Colombia, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Uganda, Switzerland (Vice-Chair), and Finland (Chair).

 

JRR manages an ‘evergreen’ roster of over 450, mainly active-duty professionals comprising a broad range of expertise including crime scene investigation, legal analysis, a variety of forensic specialties, witness protection, military analysis, human rights investigations etc. In addition to their expertise, these professionals receive training in carrying out investigations under international law in post-conflict environments before being certified to the JRR roster.

 

Experts on the JRR roster currently come from 87 countries representing every region of the world. The JRR roster currently has over 450 deployable experts, including from 15 countries in Asia, 17 countries in Africa, 11 countries in South and Central Americas and the Caribbean, and 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Just over 50% of experts on the roster are women.

 

JRR is further responsible, in partnership with UN Women, for the management of a specialized holistic roster of experts in investigating crimes of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in conflict situations. The experts on JRR-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster, within the JRR roster, undergo specialized training developed with and carried out by JRR’s training partner organization, the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).

 

 

WHERE - The JRR Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat also maintains a liaison office in New York, USA.

Justice_Rapid_Response_Fact_Sheet_ENGLISH_December 2014

Justice_Rapid_Response_Fact_Sheet_FRANCAIS_Décembre 2014

JRR-UN Women partnership and SGBV Justice Experts Roster

Justice Rapid Response – Annual Report 2013 

News


Official Opening – Training Course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes”

 

Held in collaboration with UN Women, The Hague, Netherlands – 15 December 2014

 

The fifth training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes” was officially opened in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 December 2014.

 

The training course was officially opened by H.E. Marja Lehto, Chair of JRR’s Executive Board; Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Ms. Anne-Marie Esper Larsen, UN Women Country Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Ms. Kate Mackintosh, Deputy Registrar at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Participants were welcomed by Ms. Carole Frampton-de Tscharner, Director of Operations of Justice Rapid Response (JRR) and Mr. Gabriel Oosthuizen, Programme Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI). H.E. James Lambert, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands; Ms. Erica Lucero, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Argentina to the Netherlands; Ms. Sandra Karlsson, Desk Office for Multilateral Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden to the Netherlands and Ms. Elke Koning, Policy Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, were also in attendance.  

 

The training is being held from 15 – 19 December 2014 at the IICI in The Hague, at the kind invitation of ICTY, thanks to the contributions of ICTY and UN Women, as well as in-kind contributions from IICI and JRR. The course is a collaborative project between JRR, UN Women, and IICI, with the goal of increasing the pool of experts that can be rapidly deployed to lead and participate in investigations into conflict-related gender-based crimes. The week-long intensive training is led by some of the best trainers in the field. The experts that undergo the training are identified through a rigorous selection process. 27 highly qualified experts, including 18 ICTY staff and 9 external candidates invited by JRR and UN Women from all regions of the world, are participating in the training course in The Hague.

 

This SGBV training course is the fifth of its kind. Previous training courses have been held all over the world, including in The Hague, Netherlands (September 2012); Pretoria South Africa (January 2013); Doha, Qatar (September 2013); and most recently Bogota, Colombia (January 2014). Over 100 experts have been certified to the JRR-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts roster within the JRR Roster. Several of these experts have already been deployed as gender advisors and SGBV investigators to assist the UN Commissions of Inquiry on Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Central African Republic, as well as to the AU Commission of Inquiry for South Sudan, to the International Criminal Court, and to support national investigations in Colombia and Guatemala.  

 

Further information about JRR, UN Women, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations may be found on the following websites:

 

JRR – www.justicerapidresponse.org; UN Women – www.unwomen.org; ICTY – www.icty.org; IICI – www.iici.info.

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