On August 31st, 2016, a ceremony was held to mark the completion of the world’s first training session for Monitoring and Investigating Conflict-related Violations Involving Children (MICVIC). 21 highly qualified experts, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, participated in a specialized course which taught them skills to be used in investigative teams monitoring and investigating serious violation involving children. The 10-day course has prepared its participants to carry out investigations, inquiries, fact-finding missions and human-rights monitoring.
“Peace solutions require an integrated approach, where there is due attention to rebuilding every aspect of society, including the justice system and also ensuring accountability for those responsible for egregious human rights violations and breaches of those laws designed to limit the suffering in war,” John Ralston of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations stated. “This course was designed to ensure that there were “child sensitive” experts to deploy to make sure that this aspect of conflict - the use of children as soldiers and the loss of a childhood because of the impact of war - received the attention it deserves when looking at responses and accountability issues.”
We look forward to seeing this training be put into action!
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