IICI Publications

Draft Global Code of Conduct for the Documentation and Investigation of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (draft “Murad Code”)

IICI is leading a project to develop the Murad Code (i.e., the Global Code of Conduct for the Documentation and Investigation of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence) and related tools for investigators, documenters, researchers, reporters, survivors and other actors and stakeholders to help ensure documentation of conflict-related sexual violence which is survivor-centric, safe, ethical and effective. The draft Murad Code is available for global consultations and further development. The English version of the background paper to the draft Murad Code and the draft Murad Code (annex A) itself are available here. Please visit the Murad Code project website at muradcode.com for more information on this project, the project partners, the project’s components, Swahili, French, Spanish and Arabic versions of the background paper and draft Murad Code, and, very importantly, for guidance on how to participate in the process of further global consultations on finalising the Murad Code.

Tool for SGBV-investigation/documentation trainers: training materials accompanying the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (March 2017 edition)

As part of a 2-year long FCO-supported capacity-building project on documenting sexual violence in conflict, IICI is publishing training materials to accompany the second (March 2017) edition of the FCO’s International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (IP2, Protocol). It is an update of the IICI-prepared training materials which accompanied the first (June 2014) edition of the Protocol.

Written in English, the updated training materials comprise (a) guidance notes for trainers and (b) suggested (PowerPoint) presentations. Trainers can tailor the PowerPoint slides as they wish.

The set of guidance notes includes notes on module objectives, key points for trainers to consider highlighting during each module, the possible duration of each module, and, for some modules, proposed exercises. The set of guidance notes comprises 19 (Word) documents: introductory notes/ cover pages (1 document); 17 separate guidance notes (modules), ie, one for each chapter of the IP2; and a fact scenario for one of the proposed exercises (1 document). The introductory notes and 17 guidance notes are also available in a single, consolidated document (which, however, does not include the module-4 linked fact scenario, which must be downloaded separately).

The set of PowerPoint presentations comprises 17 documents, ie, one module for each IP2 chapter. They reflect the core content of IP2 and the guidance notes, but trainers would have to shorten, extend or otherwise tailor them as necessary.

The primary author of the updated training materials is Danaé van der Straten Ponthoz. Max Marcus and Gabriël Oosthuizen were the primary content advisers and reviewers. The updated training materials used the training materials accompanying the 1st edition of the Protocol (written by Niamh Hayes) as starting point. IICI is grateful to the FCO for supporting the development of this tool.

Downloads:
Guidance notes for trainers: consolidated version (modules 0-17)
Guidance notes for trainers: introductory notes (cover pages) (M 0)
Module 1: guidance notes + presentation
Module 2: guidance notes + presentation
Module 3: guidance notes + presentation
Module 4: guidance notes + fact scenario (for exercise) + presentation
Module 5: guidance notes + presentation
Module 6: guidance notes + presentation
Module 7: guidance notes + presentation
Module 8: guidance notes + presentation
Module 9: guidance notes + presentation
Module 10: guidance notes + presentation
Module 11: guidance notes + presentation
Module 12: guidance notes + presentation
Module 13: guidance notes + presentation
Module 14: guidance notes + presentation
Module 15: guidance notes + presentation
Module 16: guidance notes + presentation
Module 17: guidance notes + presentation

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IICI Guidelines for Investigating Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against Men and Boys

IICI has developed guidelines for investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys.  They were published in early 2017.  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 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 integrated in the second (March 2017) edition of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (IP2) and the IICI-developed training materials accompanying IP2.  The guidelines have been developed with financial support from the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (PSVI) and from IICI’s own pocket.

(Also see the Projects page for information on IICI’s development of guidelines for the investigation of international crimes and serious human rights violations affecting children.)

The guidelines

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Guide to help practitioners document conflict-related sexual violence crimes in Iraq: Iraq Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Guidance for Practitioners in Iraq

Sexual violence is a prominent and well-publicised aspect of the ethnic cleansing committed in Northern Iraq by Da’esh since 2014, including the creation of a complex system of slavery that includes rape, forced marriage and sexual violence.  However, as elsewhere, conflict and atrocity-related sexual violence is not a new phenomenon in Iraq.

The Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) has launched a guide to assist practitioners gather evidence of these forms of violence in Iraq, helping to overcome some of the key barriers to tackling impunity for these crimes.

The new Iraq Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Guidance for Practitioners in Iraq is available in English [PDF + Word], Arabic [PDF + Word] and Kurdish [PDF + Word]

It complements the second edition of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was published in March 2017 by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The International Protocol is designed to help strengthen the evidence base for bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict to justice.

The Supplement is specifically intended for practitioners who work in and on Iraq.  It is intended to be a living document, to be updated as best practice evolves and in light of the feedback received by users. All users are free to update, correct and adapt the Supplement as they wish.

The Supplement forms part of a series of country-specific guides published by IICI and REDRESS. Other supplements published on the IICI and/or REDRESS websites include guides for Myanmar (in English and Burmese) and Sri Lanka (in English, Sinhala and Tamil), along with a translation of the International Protocol’s second edition into Tamil.

REDRESS and IICI are grateful for the support to the project of the FCO.

 

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Guide to help practitioners document conflict-related sexual violence crimes in Myanmar/Burma: Myanmar/Burma Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Myanmar-Specific Guidance for Practitioners

Sexual violence – particularly against women and girls – is a feature of everyday life in Myanmar, with sexual violence committed in the context of long-running armed conflicts and attacks against civilian populations being a particularly brutal aspect of this violence. However, investigations and accountability of those responsible is almost non-existent and survivors often face insurmountable barriers to justice.

REDRESS and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) have launched a guide to assist practitioners gather evidence of conflict and atrocity-related sexual violence in Myanmar, thus helping to overcome some of the key barriers to tackling impunity for these crimes.

The new Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Myanmar-Specific Guidance for Practitioners is available in both English [Word + PDF] and Burmese [Word + PDF].

It complements the second edition of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was published in March 2017 by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).The International Protocol is designed to help strengthen the evidence base for bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict to justice.

The Supplement is specifically intended for practitioners who work in and on Myanmar.  It looks at the specific context for such violence in Myanmar, the forms it commonly takes and impacts it may have, available legal avenues for justice at the domestic and international levels, specific evidential and procedural requirements and practical issues that may arise when documenting sexual violence crimes in the country.

The Supplement is intended to be a living document, to be updated as best practice evolves and in light of the feedback received by users. All users are free to update, correct and adapt the Supplement as they wish. We would greatly welcome any feedback to info@redress.org.

The Supplement forms part of a series of country-specific guides published on the IICI and/or REDRESS websites. Other supplements include guides for Sri Lanka (in English, Sinhalese and Tamil) and Iraq (in English, Arabic and Kurdish), along with a translation of the International Protocol’s second edition into Tamil.

REDRESS and IICI are grateful for the support to the project of the FCO.

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Guide to help practitioners document conflict-related sexual violence crimes in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Sri Lanka-Specific Guidance for Practitioners & Tamil translation of the International Protocol (2017 edition)

Sexual violence in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, is a complex and pervasive problem set in a context of deeply entrenched impunity. This has been reflected in horrific fashion through widespread sexual violence against both women and men committed by state actors, including during periods of conflict. Investigations and accountability of those responsible are almost non-existent and survivors often face insurmountable barriers to justice.

REDRESS and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) have launched a guide to assist practitioners gather evidence of conflict and atrocity-related sexual violence in Sri Lanka, helping to overcome some of the key barriers to tackling impunity for these crimes.

The new Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Sri Lanka-Specific Guidance for Practitioners is available in English [Word + PDF], Sinhala [Word + PDF] and Tamil [Word + PDF].

It complements the second edition of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was published in March 2017 by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The International Protocol is designed to help strengthen the evidence base for bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict to justice.

The Supplement is specifically intended for practitioners who work in and on Sri Lanka.  It looks at the specific context for such violence in Sri Lanka, the forms it commonly takes and impacts it may have, available legal avenues for justice at the domestic and international levels, specific evidential and procedural requirements and practical issues that may arise when documenting sexual violence crimes in the country.

The Supplement is intended to be a living document, to be updated as best practice evolves and in light of the feedback received by users. All users are free to update, correct and adapt the Supplement as they wish. We would greatly welcome any feedback to info@redress.org.

The Supplement forms part of a series of country-specific guides published by IICI and/or REDRESS. Other supplements published on the IICI and/or REDRESS websites include guides for Myanmar (in English and Burmese) and Iraq (in English, Arabic and Kurdish), along with a translation of the International Protocol’s second edition into Tamil (whole document 15MB; it can be downloaded in 6 parts, see underneath the Tamil announcement below).

REDRESS and IICI are grateful for the support to the project of the FCO.



 

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ICLS materials: International Criminal Law & Practice, Training Materials for: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.  Supporting the Transfer of Knowledge and Materials of War Crimes Cases from the ICTY to National Jurisdictions

ICLS (the NGO International Criminal Law Services) provided legal and technical training, advice and support in order to ensure accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.  ICLS’ Board of Directors dissolved ICLS with effect from 31 December 2013.  Elements of ICLS’ expertise were transferred to IICI.  Former ICLS experts, including some members of the ICLS Board of Directors, are now associated with IICI.  ICLS’ expertise on providing technical assistance, capacity-building and other advisory and assistance services to prosecutors, judiciaries, governments, inter-governmental organisations, international organisations and others in the area of international criminal justice now resides in IICI.  ICLS’ publications, and related intellectual property rights, also now belong to IICI.

Among the ICLS-developed publications is the 2014 published International Criminal Law & Practice, Training Materials for: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.  Supporting the Transfer of Knowledge and Materials of War Crimes Cases from the ICTY to National Jurisdictions.  It was published as part of the EU-supported OSCE-ODIHR/ICTY/UNICRI Project “Supporting the Transfer of Knowledge and Materials of War Crimes Cases from the ICTY to National Jurisdictions”.

 

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