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ICC prosecutor appoints new special gender adviser

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August 22, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda announced on Tuesday that she has picked a veteran advocate of women’s human rights to be her new special adviser on gender issues.

Brigid Inder, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice based in the Hague, will assume the new position to will replace Catherine MacKinnon who held this role since November 2008.

“Ms. Inder’s experience as a policy and gender advisor to UN negotiations in the global policy arena, and her hands-on experience for the past decade working with women and communities affected by armed conflicts highlights the priority I am placing on strengthening cooperation between local women’s groups and my office,” said the ICC Prosecutor in a statement published on the court’s website.

“Further integrating a gender perspective into all areas of our work and strengthening recognition of the gendered nature of sexual violence is a priority for my office. Ms. Inder is a renowned expert on gender issues and brings to this post a deep knowledge of the cases, policies and the institutional history of the ICC” Bensouda added.

Several cases currently handled by the court such as Sudan’s western region of Darfur and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) prosecute suspects on charges that include the use of rape as a weapon of war.

The new adviser, who is New Zealand national, is described as having led the development of international justice initiatives including legal monitoring and strategic advocacy programmes. She also oversaw the submission of several filings before the ICC highlighting the rights of victims, the importance of prosecutions for gender-based crimes, and gender and reparations issues.

Inder has also developed and implemented programmes ensuring the involvement of women in peace negotiation efforts in Uganda and Sudan and has conducted assessments on the impact of violence on women and girls in countries in armed conflict. She has designed conflict-related documentation initiatives on gender-based crimes, protection responses for women’s human rights defenders and assistance programmes for victims/survivors of gender-based crimes.

Set up in 1998, the ICC is the world’s first permanent war crimes court and has a mandate to investigate state aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Its jurisdiction applies to states that have ratified the Rome Statute or countries that request its intervention or through a referral by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) under a Chapter VII resolution.

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  • 23 August 2012 10:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    the ICC of today has nothing to do because the Fatou saying that Ocampo is tergating we African, and she is not working through the right of humanity sh is based on continental environment policy we african are the most terrorist than other world side .

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    • 24 August 2012 09:35, by Dinkawarrior

      "Special adviser on gender issues"
      Gender issues in behave of women rights while children abduction and women murdering is nothing!
      I believed this ICC has defferent agandas than what we were expected to be done by this organization. How come for President Leech Bashit to get away with such crimes and nobody talks about it?

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  • 23 August 2012 14:52, by thok chuni yok

    well come new appointed, but to follow the work it’s difficult like what we are now in between N-sudan and south sudan and the ICC is not follows their work.

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