Documenting Scenes Of War Crimes And Human Rights Violations

The objective of the course is to demonstrate and instil a systematic approach to processing scenes of international crimes and grave human rights violations and how to utilise sketches to supplement notes, video-recordings and photographs in documenting scenes.

This course consists of a blend of theory and practical exercises using artificial crime scenes to acquire and apply skills to identify relevant physical evidence and document it in a manner that maintains its evidentiary value.

It includes:

  • Security challenges facing crime scene investigators including understanding the inherent dangers in conflict and post conflict environments; recognising unexploded ordinance, improvised explosive devices and munitions
  • Search techniques
  • Logistics
  • Photographic skills and techniques
  • Digital images as evidence
  • Collection, storage and transport of evidence
  • Ammunition, weapons and weapon systems
  • Tool marks and craters caused by projectiles
  • Mass graves and execution sites
  • Detention and torture sites
  • Use of scales and markers
  • Using GPS to obtain coordinates at a crime scene
  • Report writing and evidence management.

We had a colleague on mission from Geneva a while back, and when they found out I had completed the IICI investigators course they mentioned that it was the ‘gold standard’ of training and that more human rights officers needed to do it. Could not agree more.

Documentation of Scenes of War Crimes and Human Rights Violations Participant

The course was definitely an extraordinary experience.

International Investigator Course Participant

Like those who have sent emails already, I too feel honoured to have been part of such a valuable training event and gained a wealth of knowledge from all of your expertise in a variety of areas.

Investigating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence as International Crimes Participant