The 21st meeting of the Network for Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes (Genocide Network) took place at Eurojust’s premises in The Hague from 12 to 13 October 2016.
The meeting, organised by the Genocide Network Secretariat and the Slovak EU Presidency and hosted at Eurojust, was addressed to national prosecutors and investigators dealing with core international crimes. With more than 110 participants, attendance at the meeting reflects the growing interest in the successful work of the Genocide Network.
During the open session, practitioners from 25 EU Network Member States, as well as representatives from the five Observer States (UK, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and USA), the Council of the EU, Eurojust and Europol, looked into the investigation and prosecution of crimes related to the looting and destruction of cultural heritage. Also in attendance were practitioners from Interpol; the International Criminal Court(ICC); the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia(ICTY); the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office; the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals; the International Committee of the Red Cross; as well as representatives of several civil society organisations.
Speakers made presentations on the current situation regarding the looting and destruction of cultural sites in Syria and Iraq, addressing the topic through the framework of international humanitarian law, while also looking into the existing jurisprudence of the ICTY and the ICC in relation to such crimes. Also addressed was the trafficking of antiques and the routes used to transport stolen cultural goods to the market, as well as the applicability of alternative criminal offences in the prosecution of such cases.
The closed session of the meeting was dedicated to the exchange of operational information.
The meeting was followed by a one-day training programme on Investigating and Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.