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JRR expert deployed to the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar

20/03/2014

At the request of the Extraordinary African Chambers (Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires), a second expert from the JRR roster was deployed to assist the Investigating Chamber with the support of Canada.

 

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment to the Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic at the request of UN Women

18/03/2014

At the request of UN Women, a sexual and gender-based Violence investigations expert was deployed to OHCHR to join the International Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic.
 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR expert deployed to the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar

7/03/2014

At the request of the Extraordinary African Chambers (Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires), an expert from the JRR roster was deployed to assist the Investigating Chamber.

 
Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment to support the Office of the Attorney General in Bogota at the request of UN Women

3/03/2014

At the request of UN Women, a Sexual and Gender-based Violence Investigator/Gender Expert was deployed to support UN Women in its technical support to the Office of the Attorney General in Bogota.
Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR’s 2013 Annual Report is out!

26/02/2014

We are pleased to present to you Justice Rapid Response’s Annual Report for 2013. JRR has achieved impressive results this past year: the number of experts deployed has tripled over the previous year, the volume of requests for experts has increased, and work is underway to develop JRR’s ability to directly assist States seeking investigative assistance.

 

We encourage you to promote awareness of JRR  within relevant government organizations and international forums as a rapid, cost-efficient and flexible tool for States and the international community to help end impunity for international crimes. Participating States and organizations’ valuable support and engagement will remain essential to JRR’s ability to fulfill its mandate going forward, as the demand for technical investigative expertise continues to grow in 2014.

 

The JRR Secretariat remains at your disposal to answer any questions you may have concerning the report or provide additional information.

 

 

Justice Rapid Response – Annual Report 2013

Official Opening of Training Course in Bogota, Colombia

20/01/2014

Official Opening – Training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes”

20 January 2014 – 9:00 AM – Bogota, Colombia

 

20 January 2014 – 9:00 AM – Bogota, Colombia

 

The fourth training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes” was officially opened on 20 January 2014. The training is being held from 19-25 January 2014 at the “Centro de Entretenimiento Familiar” (CEF), also known as “Compensar”, in Bogota. The course is taking place in Bogota at the kind invitation of the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia and is made possible thanks to the contribution of the governments of Canada and Colombia, as well as Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Switzerland and UN Women.

 

The training course was officially opened by the Vice-President of Colombia, H.E. Angelino Garzón.
Participants were welcomed by Andras Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response (JRR); John Ralston, Executive Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI); Belén Sanz Luque, Country Representative, UN Women Colombia, the Vice-Attorney General, H.E. Jorge Perdomo; and by Jorge Armando Otálora Gómez, Ombudsman of the Republic of Colombia. Ambassadors from the Latin American and Caribbean region; Ambassadors of States on the JRR Executive Board or partnering with JRR; and Colombian authorities and officers working in the field of human rights and criminal justice were invited to the opening.

 

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. This training course in Bogota is the fourth of its kind. The first one was held in The Hague, Netherlands in September 2012; a second one in Pretoria, South Africa in January 2013; and a third one in Doha, Qatar, in September 2013. The participating experts come from all regions of the worlds, and upon successful completion of the training they will become eligible to be certified on the Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) investigations special roster, within the broader JRR roster. They will thereafter be 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. To date there have already been several successful rapid deployments of these experts to Commissions of Inquiry for Cote d’Ivoire, Libya and Syria, and North Korea, matching every request for support from these bodies. There have also been deployments to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the DRC. The impact of the JRR/ UN Women SGBV investigations special roster is internationally recognized with Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/23/25 specifically calling on the UN and Member States to utilize the special roster to ensure the rapid deployment of expertise to investigate allegations of mass rape or systematic sexual violence.

 

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.

JRR deployment to support the Government of Mali

23/12/2013

At the request of the Mali Government, a team of five forensic experts (pathologists and anthropologists) and one security manager was deployed through the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

Expert from the JRR roster deployed in the Central African Republic

16/12/2013

A sexual and gender-based violence advisor was deployed in a OHCHR human rights monitoring mission in the Central African Republic in response to a request by UN Women.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment at request of International Criminal Court (ICC)

29/10/2013

At the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC), two experts were deployed from the JRR roster.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment to the Syria Commission of Inquiry at request of UN Women

22/10/2013

At the request of UN Women, a gender adviser/sexual and gender-based violence investigator from the JRR SGBV special roster was deployed to the Syria Commission of Inquiry.

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.