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.
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