Committee hears evidence on peacekeepers and human rights

02 November 2015

On Tuesday 3 November the Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee takes evidence from individuals involved in peacekeeping and the defence of human rights.


Tuesday 3 November in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.45pm:

  • Ms Paula Donovan, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World (via video link)
  • Ms Carla Ferstman, Director, Redress

At 4.30pm:

  • Mr David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Ms Lauren Wolfe, Journalist and Director, Women Under Siege Project (via video link)

At 5.15pm:

  • Ms Yanar Mohammed, President, Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (via video link)

Possible Questions

Questions the Committee will put to the witnesses include:

  • What role training can play in eradicating abuse and exploitation?
  • Whether immunity from prosecution for UN personnel should be waived for those accused of committing such acts?
  • How effective the UN support for victims has been?
  • Whether national governments have responded to the G8’s call for more political and diplomatic support for human rights defenders?
  • How human rights defenders are supported in the countries in which they operate?
  • What is the role of local organisations in providing early warning about outbreaks of sexual violence in conflict?

Further information

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