On 23 April, 2018, JRR and UN Women held an expert discussion and film screening in Geneva on the topic of “Investigating Conflict-Related SGBV: The Case of Syria and Iraq.”
JRR is pleased to announce Ms. Nina Suomalainen as its new Executive Director.
JRR and UN Women have been nominated for a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honoring excellence on the internet.
After leading Justice Rapid Response (JRR) since its inception, Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman will be stepping down from his position.
UN Women and JRR welcome the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, “I Lost My Dignity: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Arab Republic.”
When Mali created a truth commission to address decades of conflict, it soon required specialized expertise. JRR deployed a transitional justice expert to assist with its strategy for collecting statements from victims of conflict. Working together, the truth commission now has the tools it needs to bring together victims and gather truth, with method that is uniquely their own.
Exposing patterns of crimes involving children can help to hold perpetrators accountable and ensure survivors’ access to justice. On this International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, JRR calls upon all governments, civil society groups or others dealing with serious crimes involving children to always ensure individuals and investigatory bodies utilize dedicated expertise for this work.
In December 2017, Justice Rapid Response (JRR) was honored by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice for its work to advance justice for sexual and gender-based crimes.
Join JRR on Monday, 4 December for a side event at the Sixteenth Session of the Assembly of States Parties: “The Professionalization of the Investigation of International Crimes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
In this op-ed for Just Security, Andras Vamos-Goldman argues that when evidence collection is increasingly preceding the establishment of specific rules of procedure and evidence, the use of professional expertise is even more critical.