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Government's ISIL Task Force appear before Lords Committee

14 September 2015

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The Head, and other members, of the Government's ISIL Task Force and the Head of DfID's Conflict and Stabilisation Team gave evidence to the Committee alongside the UK Team of Experts. The Committee is also hearing from representatives of MADRE and Physicians for Human Rights.


Tuesday 15 September in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 2:45pm:

  • Ms Widney Brown, Director of Programs, Physicians for Human Rights (via Video link)
  • His Honour Judge Jonathan Carroll, civilian member of UK Team of Experts*
  • Ms Rosy Cave, Head of Conflict and Stabilisation Team, Stabilisation Unit, DfID & Member of UK Team of Experts
  • Mr Dan Chugg, Head of HMG ISIL Task Force & Head of Iraq Department, FCO
  • Mr Michael Howells, member of HMG ISIL Task Force & Head of Near East Department, FCO
  • Professor Lisa Davis, Human Rights Advocacy Director, MADRE & Clinical Professor of Law, International Women's Human Rights Clinic, City University of New York School of Law (via Video link)

* Please note that Judge Carroll appeared in his capacity as a civilian member of the UK Team of Experts, rather than as a serving judge. He did not appear in a representative capacity in respect of the judiciary.


Questions the Committee put to witnesses included:

  • How can government, the international community and NGOs work together in conflict zones to prevent and respond to sexual violence?
  • How far have the commitments and aspirations set out in the G8 Declaration and the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict made a difference on the ground?
  • What are the key challenges that human rights defenders and humanitarian workers face in their work to prevent and mitigate sexual violence in conflict?
  • What strategies are there to counter the ideology of actors such as ISIL that use rape as an orchestrated instrument of terror?

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