WHO WE ARE
Justice Rapid Response is the only global facility that provides rapidly deployable specialized justice experts to assist with investigations of reported war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and serious human rights violations.
Our belief is that timely, impartial, and professional investigations are crucial for the credibility of any accountability process. Accountability strengthens institutions and enhances public confidence in the rule of law. When impunity for mass atrocities ends, we can bring justice and dignity to victims and survivors.
Justice Rapid Response provides criminal justice experts to investigate crimes of the world’s most violent conflicts including Central African Republic, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and others.
Through these activities, Justice Rapid Response promotes peaceful and inclusive societies, as well as access to justice, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 16.
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Justice Rapid Response contributed experts to several landmark cases, including the conviction of former President of Chad Hissène Habré at the Extraordinary African Chambers, the conviction of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court and to the documentation of extensive sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Myanmar.
Justice Rapid Response’s victim-centred approach enables survivors to participate in justice processes and to define what justice means for their communities.
Justice Rapid Response helped to raise the investigation standard for SGBV crimes. Today, every UN Commission of Inquiry has an SGBV investigator on its investigation team.
WHAT WE OFFER
Justice Rapid Response responds to requests from international organizations, States and civil society organizations to assist in the investigation, analysis and documentation of serious human rights violations and international crimes wherever they occur.
LEGAL ENTITY AND STRUCTURE
Justice Rapid Response is registered as an international non-profit Association under Swiss law and is led by an Executive Board comprised of ten States (Argentina, Colombia, Canada (observer), Finland, The Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Switzerland and Uganda), UN Women and two individuals. JRR’s operations are managed by a secretariat based in Geneva with a liaison office in New York.