Practitioner Profile | Sareta Ashraph

Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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In this practitioner profile, ATHA is joined by Sareta Ashraph, Chief Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on the Syria crisis since May 2012. The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to investigate and document violations of international law in Syria. Sareta led the investigation and drafting of the Commission's recent report "They Came To Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis", which determined that ISIS was committing the crime of genocide. In this conversation, we discuss the challenges of investigating and documenting these crimes, with a particular focus on sexual violence, enslavement and the gendered nature of genocide. We also discuss the impact on Yazidi communites, and the challenges of humanitarian assistance, protection and justice for victims.

Previously, Sareta occupied the same position as Chief Analyst on the United Nations' International Commission of Inquiry on Libya. In 2010 and 2011, she was the Legal Adviser to the Office of the Public Counsel for the Defence in the International Criminal Court. In 2009, Sareta worked as a Legal Consultant to the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. From 2004 to 2009, Sareta was based in Freetown, Sierra Leone where she was Co-Counsel representing Issa Sesay (the former interim Leader of the Revolutionary United Front) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Sareta is a member of Garden Court Chambers in London.

To read more on the gendered nature of genocide and the crimes against the Yazidis, click here.

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