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Supplements to document conflict-related sexual violence in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Iraq

REDRESS and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) have today launched a series of country-focused supplements to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict for Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Iraq.

The supplements complement 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 supplements are specifically intended for practitioners who work in and on the relevant countries.  They examine the specific context for such violence in the country, 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 relevant practical issues that may arise when documenting conflict-related sexual violence crimes.

The Sri Lanka supplement is available in English, Sinhalese and Tamil here.

The Myanmar supplement is available in English and Burmese here.

The Iraq supplement, produced by IICI only, is available in English, Arabic and Kurdish here.

The supplements are intended to be living documents, 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 supplements as they wish.

As part of the same project, IICI has produced a Tamil translation of the International Protocol (second edition), available here.  IICI is also developing training materials accompanying the International Protocol’s second edition, which will be available only in English and will be published soon on IICI’s website.

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

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