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The Digital Dialogue Series 25 march 2021 12:30 P.M. EdT

New Judicial and Non-Judicial Avenues to Reparations for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

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UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict in collaboration with: Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 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 Sixth Digital Dialogue

Sexual violence is a widespread and chronic issue 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 sixth Digital Dialogue will bring together practitioners and experts who have reflected on and/or worked on the normative, legal, and operational response to providing reparations for conflict-related sexual violence crimes.

Despite the existence of laws, norms and policies, few victims of conflict-related sexual violence have received reparations. With few exceptions, Member States have failed to meet their legal obligations, at the national and international levels to provide them to victims/survivors. For example, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although there are clear orders of judicial reparations by Congolese courts against State actors for acts of conflict-related sexual violence, not a single order for judicial reparations has been paid. Also, while the Hissene Habré case represented a landmark in international criminal justice including sexual violence, no court ordered reparations have been paid to victims/survivors and a proposed trust fund by the African Union failed to materialize – demonstrating the need for criminal justice practitioners to plan reparations procedures and mechanisms when creating international criminal institutions in advance.

Today, at the international level the right to reparations is met by different institutions. For example, International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims, enables the Court to address the right to assistance and reparations to victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, through its dual assistance and reparations mandates. Further, in the case of increasing conflict-related sexual violence by transnational terrorist organizations, who and how an individual may benefit from numerous funds for victims of crime or terrorism is a topic of both litigation and debate.

This Digital Dialogue will allow participants to explore good practices and lessons learned for the design and delivery of victims/survivors’ assistance, as well as administrative and judicial reparations specifically to victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence at national level and reflect on global developments in the field over the past decade of the Team’s existence.

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The sixth Digital Dialogue will be moderated by Ruth Rubio-Marín (School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Director of Gender and Governance Cluster). Panelists will include Igor Cvetkovski (Global Survivors Fund), Aude Le Goff (International Criminal Court), Clara Sandoval-Villalba (University of Essex), Yasmin Waljee, OBE (Hogan Lovells), and a survivor who has benefitted from reparations measures (TBC).

Objectives of the Sixth Digital Dialogue

1. Showcase the normative and legal frameworks (national, regional and international) applicable to the provision of reparations for victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence;

2. Identify and discuss the main challenges and opportunities in national efforts to provide reparations to victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence using concrete examples;

3. Discuss practical avenues that could enhance the provision of reparations to victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence; and

4. Enable an interactive discussion to understand and advance a survivor-centered approach to reparations for conflict-related sexual violence crimes.

Artwork: Alexandra Ma

Moving the conversation forward in Opinio Juris

A Special Issue in the Journal of International Criminal Justice on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Domestic Accountability: Why Now and Why You (and Governments) Should Read It

Reflecting with Practitioners: How is Latin America (Still and Again) Paving the Way for the Promotion of Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict Before National Courts?

The Digitial Dialogue Series – The Fight against Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Central African Republic

Dialogues Virtuels: Lutte contre l’impunité pour les violences sexuelles liées aux conflits en République Centrafricaine

Blog – Droit International Pénal

The fifth Digital Dialogue brought together contributing authors of the Special Issue, practitioners and experts who have reflected on and/or worked in the justice response to conflict-related sexual violence crimes associated with slavery and trafficking.

The fifth Digital Dialogue was moderated by Patricia Viseur Sellers (Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of the University of Oxford, Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court). Panelists included Jocelyn Getgen (Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School), Stephanie Barbour (Senior SGBV Advisor Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA)), Valiant Richey (OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings), Aimée Comrie (Coordinator, GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East, UNODC) and Ameena Saeed (Yezidi advocate on trafficking and slavery).

Watch the recording of the fifth Digital Dialogue!

Le quatrième Dialogue virtuel a permis à des experts de réfléchir à la réponse judiciaire apportée aux violences sexuelles liées au conflit en République centrafricaine (RCA), ainsi qu’à l’impact de cette réponse sur la consolidation de la paix dans ce pays.

The fourth Digital Dialogue brought together contributing authors of the Special Issue, practitioners and experts who have reflected and/or worked on the justice response to sexual violence committed in the Central African Republic (CAR), and on the impact of this response on peace and security.

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Le quatrième Dialogue virtuel sera modérée par M. Renaud Galand pour Bureau de l’Etat de droit et des institutions chargées de la sécurité du Département des opérations de paix, Secrétariat des Nations unies. Les panélistes comprenaient M. Yao Agbetse, Mme Rosine Bela Eyebe, M. Patrick Vinck, M. Benoît Narcisse Foukpio, M. Toussaint Muntazini et Mme Anne-Marie Goumba.

Mme Denise Brown, Représentante spéciale adjointe du Secrétaire général pour la MINUSCA, prononcera les remarques de clôture.

The fourth Digital Dialogue will be moderated by Mr. Renaud Galand. Panelists will include Mr. Yao Agbetse, Ms. Rosine Bela Eyebe, Mr. Patrick Vinck, Mr. Benoît Narcisse Foukpio, Mr. Toussaint Muntazini and Ms. Anne-Marie Goumba. Ms. Denise Brown, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for MINUSCA and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, gave the closing remarks.

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Watch the recording of the fourth Digital Dialogue!

The third Digital Dialogue of the Series brought together contributing authors to the Special Issue, practitioners, and experts to reflect on the impact of sexual violence committed in the context of terrorism, the challenges and opportunities for criminal prosecution, and justice for victims as well as the definition of justice for victims.

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The third Digital Dialogue was moderated by the Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

Panelists included Ms. Anne Marie de Brouwer, Ms. Azadeh Moaveni, Ms. Chioma Onuegbu, and Ms. Rhoda Prevail Tyoden representing the victims.

Watch the recording of the third Digital Dialogue!

The second Digital Dialogue of the Series brought 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.

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The second Digital Dialogue was moderated by OHCHR. Panelists included 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, gave the closing remarks

Watch the recording 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!

Justice and Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict: Progress and Challenges in Efforts to Address Impunity in National Jurisdictions

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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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