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Committee hears evidence from the FCO and International Criminal Court

16 November 2015


On Tuesday 17 November the House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict took evidence on the support offered to victims of sexual violence in conflict and the barriers that prevent perpetrators from being brought to justice.


Tuesday 17 November in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.45pm:

  • Dr Chris Dolan, Director, Refugee Law Project, Uganda
  • Professor Doris Schopper, Director, Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (via video link)
  • Ms Josephine Wambui, Programme Officer Somalia, Oxfam Novib

At 4.45pm:

  • Ms Niamh Hayes, Head of Office, Institute for International Criminal Investigations
  • Judge Mary McGowan Davis, former acting Justice of the Supreme Court of New York
  • Dr Shana Swiss, Founder and Director, Women's Rights International


In the first session the Committee focused on:

  • the needs of survivors including the different needs of female, male and child survivors
  • whether the witnesses agree with UN Special Representative Bangura's view that supporting the livelihoods of victims of sexual violence is the 'missing link' in supporting victims
  • whether the UK Government's Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) has been effective in supporting survivors.

In the second session the Committee focused on:

  • whether the International Criminal Court is effective in holding to account perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict
  • the barriers survivors face in accessing justice
  • what role non-judicial mechanisms, such as truth and reconciliation commissions, have in providing accountability for acts of sexual violence in conflict.

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