The official closing ceremony of JRR’s 32nd training course on Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes was held on Sunday, 29 November 2015, in Dakar, Senegal.
The closing ceremony was opened by Mrs. Carole Frampton-de Tscharner, Director of Operations of JRR and Mr. Gabriel Oosthuizen, Programme Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations. Mr. Axel de Ville, Deputy Director of the UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa, provided the remarks on behalf of UN Women and the course was officially closed by Mr. Mouhamadou Moustapha Seye, Magistrate and Director for the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice of Senegal.
H.E. Mrs. Dagmar Schmidt Tartagli, Ambassador of Switzerland to Senegal; Mrs. Catherine Nadeau, First Secretary (Political and public affairs) of the Canadian Embassy in Dakar, as well as the Attorney General Mackbé Fall and the president of the African Extraordinary Chambers, Honorable Gustave Kam Gberdao; Colonel Adyatou Diakhate, Etat-Major Général des Armées of the Senegalese army; and Ms. Fatou Kiné Camara, president of the Senegalese Women Lawyers’ Association as well as other representatives of international and local bodies were also in attendance.
The training course, lasting 7 days from the 23rd to 29th of November 2015, was held in Dakar, at the kind invitation of the Minister of Justice of Senegal. The training course was a collaboration of Justice Rapid Response (JRR), the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), and UN Women. It was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the governments of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Finland, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the European Union and UN Women as well as kind support from the Ministry of Justice of Senegal.
The training course was tailored for experienced francophone criminal justice professionals, mainly from Africa. Twenty-three highly qualified experts participated in the training course in Dakar and are eligible for certification onto the JRR – UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster. All certified experts will become available to assist States, as well as the United Nations and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out international criminal investigations.
The Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes course was the seventh JRR, UN Women and IICI course tailored specifically for the investigations of sexual and gender-based violence, with previous courses held in The Hague, Netherlands (2012 and 2014); in Pretoria, South Africa (2013); in Doha, Qatar (2013), in Bogota, Colombia (2014) and in Amman, Jordan (2015).
Further information about JRR, IICI, UN Women and the Minister of Justice of Senegal may be found on the following websites:
Minister of Justice of Senegal – http://www.justice.gouv.sn/