Responding to requests from the international community, Justice Rapid Response provides expertise to investigate core international crimes and human rights violations. Since 2009, Justice Rapid Response has deployed its experts on more than 350 missions, where and when they are needed most. Below are some of the areas in which Justice Rapid Response provides specialized professionals to assist with investigations and documentation of human rights violations and serious international crimes.
National Justice Programme
Justice Rapid Response’s National Justice Programme provides, flexible, rapid and cost-effective assistance to countries wishing to hold perpetrators accountable, but needing the support of professional expertise from the international community. Justice Rapid Response offers tailored mentoring assistance from its international roster that enables countries to maintain local ownership of accountability, performed at an international standard. Individuals available for deployment include legal advisors, prosecutors, child and witness protection specialists, military analysts, and experts in conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence. Justice Rapid Response’s approach empowers national actors to design and implement credible, thorough investigations. Mentoring received by national authorities builds confidence of these increasing the odds for justice to be done for crimes of the past. From evidence-gathering in the field to presenting it in the courtroom, Justice Rapid Response experts have ensured national authorities on the ground have the knowledge and tools they need.
Civil Society Programme
Civil society organizations are increasingly involved in the documentation of serious violations of human rights. In the absence of credible accountability mechanisms or rule of law, affected communities work to gather and preserve detailed information about atrocities that have occurred with the hope that it can be used as evidence by justice and accountability mechanisms. Justice Rapid Response provides tailored capacity-building to select civil society organizations on strategies for documentation, and on methods to safely interview survivors and witnesses. Our experts work closely with these organizations to ensure that they are equipped with the appropriate tools, skills and knowledge they need in order to contribute to justice efforts, whether today or in the future.
International Justice Programme
Justice Rapid Response partners with members of the international community contributing to international justice processes to bridge a gap in specialized expertise. We work to anticipate and address specialized investigation needs. Our experts – who are able to deploy at rapid notice – include international investigators, prosecutors, psychosocial counsellors, interpreters and forensic experts. Justice Rapid Response has worked closely with the investigation mechanisms, at their request, to jointly define investigation parameters and capacity building programmes, especially in fields such as sexual and gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, sanctions, and child and youth rights. Justice Rapid Response also works closely with UN Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to consolidate best practices in human rights investigation. To read about our 2018 gender experts meeting in Geneva, click here.