Today, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, and the Global Justice Center sent a joint letter together with 12 other NGOs to Pramila Patten, the Special Representative to the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, ahead of her visit to Myanmar beginning of February, commending her leadership and highlighting the importance of credible, survivor-centric accountability for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).
The letter addresses in particular the Framework of Cooperation between the UN and Bangladesh on addressing conflict-related sexual violence against the displaced Rohingya population from Myanmar hosted in Bangladesh, as well as the Joint Communiqué of the UN and Myanmar on prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence. The main concern raised relates to encouraging further documentation in light of the current documentation of Rohingya experiences. We fear these frameworks will initiate further uncoordinated documentation undertaken by actors lacking the necessary expertise and resources.
Read the full letter here.