Support to International Organisations and Accountability Mechanisms
The purpose of this aspect of the Project is to strengthen the quality of various official organisations’ and mechanisms’ understanding of conflict induced hunger and UNSC 2417; to advocate that starvation be investigated and featured; and to explore the potential for using the Legal and Investigative Training Manual to support other accountability and transitional justice mechanisms. Global Rights Compliance will offer expert international humanitarian law (‘IHL’) and international criminal law (‘ICL’) advisory services where needed.
The precise form of assistance will be subject to the ongoing and anticipated needs of the various official organisations and mechanisms. It is expected to take the following forms:
- A review of the documents collected by NGOs, civil society, state and non-state actors and organisations in Global Rights Compliance’s and the World Peace Foundation’s Network, providing expert opinion and advisory services;
- Facilitation of access to materials collected by NGOs in Global Rights Compliance’s network and offer assistance to domestic or international investigators and documenters to ensure relevant and probative information concerning IHL and International Human Rights Law to guarantee that information concerning starvation is collated and transmitted to the official organisations and mechanisms in a user-friendly format consistent with international standards; and
- Global Rights Compliance has scheduled follow-up briefings with several official organisations relating to the project. These follow-up briefings would discuss UNSC 2417 and the significance underpinning its intention and obligations.
Since August 2018 Global Rights Compliance and the World Peace Foundation have held consultations with the World Food Programme; the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN; the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commission (‘OHCHR’); the OHCHR Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen; Action Against Hunger; and, a selection of state representatives and diplomats.
In addition the Project launched during the Bi-Annual World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in The Hague. During the conference we convened a stakeholders meeting with a range of humanitarian organisations and actors. The meeting, sought to ensure close consultation with stakeholders on the objectives and deliverables of the project, with particular attention on the Legal and Investigative Training Manual, in order to increase understanding and assuage any reservations that humanitarian actors may have in relation to accountability efforts or conflict-induced hunger and/or starvation. We seek to ensure that the training activities and practical guides are tailored to the humanitarian actors’ needs and operational requirements. In addition fostering collaboration and understanding as to humanitarian actors’ distinct mandates and practical, operational requirements.
Upcoming consultations and outreach is planned with the African Union; the European Union, and with a raft of organisations and accountability mechanisms in Geneva in 2019.