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Monday, November 23, 2015

IJR Side Event 14 th ASP Session: Prosecuting Sexual and Gender Based Crimes

For those interested in issues of sexual and gender based crimes, The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) based in Cape Town South Africa will be hosting an interactive side event on the 25th of November 2015, at the 14th Session of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC. The event will be held at the Antarctica Room, at the World Forum Centre in The Hague and will take place between 1.30 pm to 3 pm. Some of the speakers will include Ms Gloria Atiba-Davies, Head, Gender and Children’s Unit, Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC; Ms Shamila Batohi, Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor of the ICC, as well as Ms Kelly-Jo Bluen, Project Leader, International Justice, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

For more information on registration and attendance please visit 

 http://ijr.org.za/news-and-events.php?nid=274&type=news

The IJR is one of South Africa's leading institutes in transitional justice on the African Continent. It is unique, in that it is a hybrid- type, policy based, research institute, on the one hand, as well as a non-governmental organisation on the other. It was launched at the aftermath of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is aimed at ensuring that lessons learnt from South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy, would be taken into account in other contexts of transition as well. The IJR's uniqueness also stems from the fact that it operates from a deep position of knowledge and experience drawing on the lessons and experiences emanating out of the African transitional context. In other words, it thoroughly understands and effectively gauges the African context. Currently, the IJR shapes national approaches to transitional justice and reconciliation in Africa by drawing on community intelligence as well as macro-trend research and comparative analysis. Part of the IJR's objectives is to gain and use knowledge about justice and reconciliation in order to influence change. It's Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme operates in key areas of engagement such as,The Great Lakes (Rwanda, Burundi and DRC); The Greater Horn (South Sudan and Uganda), Southern Africa (Zimbabwe) and Kenya.

In 2008, the Institute was awarded UNESCO’s International Prize for Peace Education. It's patron is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Desmond Tutu -Patron IJR

For more information on the IJR please visit their website:

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