Training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes”
21 September 2013 – 9:00 AM – Doha, Qatar
The training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes” was officially opened. The training was held from 21-29 September 2013 at the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center in Doha. The course is taking place in Doha at the kind invitation of the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Qatar and is made possible thanks to the contribution of UN Women as well as the governments of Qatar, the United States of America, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland.
Dr. Sameera Al Tuwaijri, Regional Director for the UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, delivered opening remarks, while Fahad Sadoun Al-Adba, Director of the Doha Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Centre, and John Ralston, Executive Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), welcomed participants to the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center. Andras Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response (JRR) moderated the opening. H.E. André Dubois, Canadian Ambassador to Qatar and Mr. Urs Schnider, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland in Qatar, on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Martin Aeschbacher also attended the opening.
The course is a collaborative project between UN Women, JRR 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. This training course in Doha is the third of its kind. The first one was held in The Hague, Netherlands in September 2012 and a second one in Pretoria, South Africa in January 2013. The participating experts come from all regions of the worlds, and upon successful completion of the training they will become part of the Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) investigations special roster, within the broader JRR roster. They will be thereafter available for rapid deployment upon request by States, as well as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out such investigations. This is the second time JRR has conducted a training course in Qatar, the first being in 2011.
The course is being held at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center in Doha, a special institute with a public benefit. Working in partnership with all the concerned offices and agencies of the United Nations, the Center was established at the initiative of the Qatari leadership. The Center is considered to be the first of its kind in the Arab region, acting as one of the centers of excellence specialized in fine-tuning capabilities and raising the competencies of relevant sectors to fight corruption. The Center works to support the specialized legal and technical abilities and raises individual and institutional competencies that would lead to the strengthening of the rule of law and the fight against corruption in line with international standards and seeks, through its activities and programs, to respond to national priorities and needs. The Center also seeks to provide a permanent framework for the exchange of experiences and best practices and lessons learned. The Center gives priority, in its work, to support the parties concerned in the Arab countries, with the possibility of supporting private initiatives in other countries, in accordance with tight strategic planning that provide gradual expansion of the Center’s programs that commensurate with the increase in activities.
Further information about JRR, UN Women and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations may be found on the following websites:
JRR – www.justicerapidresponse.org
UN Women – www.unwomen.org
IICI – www.iici.info.
Embassy Press Release U S Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
130922 Press Release – Doha Qatar SGBV Training – Copia to download the Press Release.
Remarks made by Dr Sameera Al-Tuwaijiri, Regional Director, Arab States, UN Women at the opening of “Training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes” to download the Remarks made by Dr. Sameera Al-Tuwaijiri, Regional Director, Arab States, UN Women.
Closing Remarks by Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large, USA Office of Global Criminal Justice: http://www.gulf-times.com/Mobile/Qatar/178/details/367289/Gender-based-violence-a-serious-issue%3A-US-official http://www.qatar-tribune.com/viewnews.aspx?n=5388644D-9442-46C6-9112-DAD97543E5A9&d=20131001 http://newsqa.net/detail192627.html