Reports of threats to, and reprisals against, victims and witnesses who bravely participate in investigations and prosecutions of atrocity crimes are becoming increasingly common. In a number of instances, participation in such proceedings has led to physical violence against those who come forward, as well as their loved ones. Despite such threats, victims, witnesses, and “insider witnesses” report still wanting to testify, citing the importance of holding perpetrators of atrocities to account, and seeking redress for what they have endured.
The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project and the US State Department Office of Global Criminal Justice invite you to an event on Monday, September 19, 2022, 9:30-11:00 AM ET on the margins of the UN General Assembly for a discussion on issues related to the protection of victims and witnesses in investigations and prosecutions of atrocity crimes. The discussion will focus on reports of threats to, and reprisals against victims and witnesses; frameworks in place in international and national legal systems to address these threats; and challenges to the implementation of protective measures, including the costs and logistics of safe resettlement.
This discussion will take place in person in midtown Manhattan. Registration is required to attend and event location information will be sent shortly after registration. Check-in for the event will begin at 9:00 am ET. Early arrival is encouraged to ensure timely check-in. The event is open to press and on-the-record.
Ambassador Beth Van Schaack
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice
US Department of State
UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh (UNITAD)
Director of Investigations and Operations
Commission for International Justice and Accountability
Dr. Hamed Esmaeilion
President & Spokesperson
The Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims
The “Grave Digger”
Insider witness on mass graves in Syria, giving remarks via video
Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.