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The Digital Dialogue Series 29 September 2020 12:30 P.M. EST

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The national prosecution of CRSV in Guatemala and Colombia: closer to a victim-centred justice?

Hosted by the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict

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In collaboration with: Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University; the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University; and the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute.

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Welcome to the Second Digital Dialogue

Sexual violence is a widespread and chronic issue in conflicts around the world. National efforts to address impunity for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) have led to progress and faced challenges. The UN Team of Experts, together with its partners, initiated a Digital Dialogue Series addressing topics covered in the Special Issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice on CRSV

The second Digital Dialogue of the Series will bring together several contributing authors to the Special Issue, academics, and experts on the prosecution and investigation of serious crimes in Latin America, with a focus on Colombia and Guatemala. Indeed, despite widespread impunity for conflict-related sexual violence, there have been a number of significant and innovative efforts to hold perpetrators accountable within national justice systems in these countries.

In Guatemala, national courts have prosecuted several emblematic cases involving sexual violence perpetrated by state security forces during the internal armed conflict. In Colombia, the creation of a Gender Submission within the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, as well as of a special investigation team for cases of sexual violence in the Investigation and Prosecution Unit, offer among others an opportunity for the development of innovative responses to conflict related sexual violence as the Jurisdiction begins to investigate and adjudicate priority cases.

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The second Digital Dialogue will be moderated by OHCHR. Panelists will include Ms. Susana SáCouto, Ms. Daniela Kravetz, Ms. Marta Valiñas and Ms. Ana Medina.

Amb. Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, will give the closing remarks

Objectives of the second Digital Dialogue

1. Showcase progress and challenges in national efforts to address impunity for CRSV in Guatemala and Colombia;

2. Enable an interactive discussion to further reflect on and discuss possible approaches to advance future national accountability efforts in Latin America and the world.

Agenda of the second Digital Dialogue

The first Digital Dialogue celebrated the launch of the Special Issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice on Progress and Challenges of National Efforts to Address Impunity for Sexual Violence, created in collaboration with the UN Team of Experts, and marked the start of a series of webinars the Digital Dialogue Series.

The first Digital Dialogue was launched with a framing statement by the Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten. The event was chaired by the Team Leader of the UN Team of Experts, Ms. Chloe Marnay-Baszanger. Panelists included Mr. Guido Acquaviva, Ms. Kim Thuy Seelinger, Ms. Karen Naimer and Mr. Daniele Perissi. Ms. Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs for Sweden and former Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, gave the closing remarks.

Watch the recording of the first Digital Dialogue!

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Online Resources

The special issue is accessible on the website of the Journal of International Criminal Justice

The organizers of the Digital Dialogue Series can be contacted at toesvc@un.org

To learn more about the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict, visit our website!

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