Justice Rapid Response (JRR) held a recruitment training course for criminal justice experts in The Hague during 11-15 November to train 25 experts in investigating mass atrocity crimes and human rights violations. Participants came from a wide range of countries, including Cameroon, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Myanmar, reflecting the diversity of JRR’s roster.
The course was made possible through a partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), which was established in 1991 for the economic and social development of developing countries. “This training course further strengthens the cooperation between global north and south to end impunity for international crimes and serious human rights violations,” said Lee Mikyung, the President of KOICA.
The training course was implemented in collaboration with the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).
JRR expert training courses are an integral part of the recruitment process for its roster of experts. Through the training courses and overall recruitment process, JRR ensures that the diversity of its experts meets the highly specialized needs of international criminal justice investigations. For example, nine participants on the current course bring technological expertise that is beneficial for documenting, investigating, analysing, and prosecuting international core crimes and serious human rights violations.
“Looking forward, a strategic objective of JRR is to become the go-to source for digital and information technology expertise to investigate international core crimes,” said Samuel Emonet, Director of Operations for JRR. The aim is to find highly skilled technology specialists who also understand the needs of international law and human rights operations, and this is where JRR can make a contribution to the field.
JRR expert deployments have supported United Nations Commissions of Inquiry and Fact-Finding Missions, the International Criminal Court, international and hybrid courts, truth commissions and States engaged in transitional justice processes such as Colombia, Guatemala and The Gambia.