In addition to investigations training, IICI undertakes specific projects on request and also contributes to international policy in the area of international investigations.
IICI has started developing written guidelines for the accountability-focused investigation of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and systematic and grave human rights violations against and otherwise involving children.
The audience of the guidelines will include international and national criminal and human rights investigators, as well as prosecutors, judges, other professionals, and policy-and law-makers. Investigating such crimes and violations in resource-constrained environments (such as conflict-affected and failed-state contexts, refugee and IDP camps) in accordance with the best interests of children and applicable international law and best practices will form a key component of the guidelines. The guidelines will underscore that directly engaging with children for accountability purposes must be undertaken only by those with specific investigation skills and experience related to children and accountability. The guidelines will plug an important gap, and support the building of the international community’s capacity to properly investigate and pursue justice for such crimes and violations. The guidelines will build on IICI’s earlier training courses which IICI co-organised with Justice Rapid Response. Further details of the project will be announced in due course.
2016-18 IICI, REDRESS & JRR project: documentation of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence
In partnership with REDRESS and Justice Rapid Response, IICI was the overall coordinator for a training and mentoring project supported by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Aimed mainly at enhancing the capacity of civil society to document conflict-related SGBV, the project focused on four countries including Burma, Iraq and Uganda. The project concluded in March 2018; capacity-building projects stemming from this project are being pursued. See the publications page for project publications: (a) training materials accompanying the second (March 2017) edition of the FCO’s International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (IP2); (b) English and translated Iraq-, Burma- and Sri Lanka-specific supplements (ie, guidelines for practitioners) to IP2; and (c) the Tamil translation of IP2.
2015 and 2016 International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (IP)
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office commissioned IICI to assist with the implementation of the International Protocol. IICI developed public training materials based on the International Protocol and organised four SGBV-investigation training courses (see our Specialist Courses map). You can download the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2nd edition here.
Guidelines for investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys
Following significant input by IICI into the development of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence IN Conflict (IP), the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office commissioned IICI to assist with its implementation. IICI developed public training materials based on the International Protocol and organised four SGBV-investigation training courses. (see our Specialist Courses map).
Following on from the development of the International Protocol described above, IICI recognised that the existing SGBV landscape was very much focussed on women and girls and that less emphasis and research had been done in relation to conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys. In 2016, IICI developed specialist guidelines for investigation in this area.
The guidelines have been developed for a range of professionals, from international criminal investigators and prosecutors to national police officers, UN human rights officers and local human rights reporters. The guidelines are designed to complement existing relevant investigation frameworks and practices, including those that currently focus on conflict-related SGBV against women and girls or children. The guidelines have been developed with financial support from the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.