The US Ambassador Susan L Ziadeh (right) and other officials at the workshop.
DOHA: Qatar and the US are working together to combat all forms of gender-based violence around the world, the US Ambassador Susan L Ziadeh has said.
“The US, Qatar, and key international partners have once again come together here in Doha to address a pressing global issue.
“The US and Qatar share an unyielding commitment to combating all forms of gender-based violence around the world, in order to uphold the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Ziadeh told a training workshop on investigating cases of sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes which concluded on Sunday.
Stephen J Rapp, the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, also addressed the closing session of the workshop organised by the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center in Doha.
Contemporary experiences of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria continue to demonstrate the heartbreaking brutality of war for men, women and children, Rapp said.
“These conflicts are a stark reminder of the need to continue fighting for peace, justice and accountability.”
The training programme was a collaborative project of UN Women, Justice Rapid Response and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations with the goal of increasing the pool of experts that can be rapidly deployed to lead and participate in investigations into conflict-related gender-based crimes.
Participants hail from around the world, and upon successful completion of training they will become part of a roster of investigators available for rapid deployment upon request by governments, the UN, the International Criminal Court, and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out such investigations.