Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 February (HL5414), in which countries the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative projects listed included the gathering of evidence to support future prosecutions.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The UK Government is funding projects to build capacity for evidence gathering using the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia, Syria and Ukraine. Our projects are not designed to gather evidence themselves.

In addition to the projects listed in HL5414, the PSVI Team of Experts has been deployed 20 times to 10 countries, including Iraq, Syria, Colombia, Uganda, Sri Lanka, in the past 12 months to provide capacity building on the gathering of evidence in line with the International Protocol. Further deployments to Bangladesh will take place later this month.

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