The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that strengthen civil society efforts to investigate and document conflict–related sexual violence (CRSV) in Burma for the purposes of pursuing justice for victims and survivors, and accountability for crimes committed in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law.
The project will seek to achieve the following desired outcomes :
- Increased capacity of Burmese civil society to credibly and professionally investigate and document CRSV while prioritizing survivors’ active and informed consent, privacy, agency, and physical and emotional safety
- Greater engagement of and coordination with survivors and the families of survivors of human rights violations, especially CRSV, in local, national, regional and international accountability, reconciliation and advocacy efforts
- Effective engagement by and collaboration among key and diverse stakeholders who have a demonstrated commitment to CRSV documentation utilizing a range of transitional justice tools to address past and ongoing CRSV
- Increased coordination and information sharing between civil society and the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) and among civil society inside and outside of Burma working to advance accountability
- Strengthened accountability initiatives for human rights violations committed in Burma, including investigations and prosecutions of atrocity crimes in available jurisdictions
- Longer–term planning for the preservation and use of collected information for current and future transitional justice efforts on behalf of victims and survivors and through integration of survivors and their families into such efforts
- Strengthened resilience and support for civil society, human rights defenders, and survivors and their families involved in documentation and advocacy on CRSV, including access to psychosocial, digital and physical safety, and other protective services and assistance
- Integrated, locally owned, and victim– and survivor–centered approaches to documenting CRSV alongside efforts to address survivors’ immediate needs around truth, justice, and psychosocial support
Eligible Applicants :
DRL welcomes applications from U.S.–based and foreign–based non–profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for–profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non–profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for–profit entity is best suited.
Application Deadline : 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Funding Floor : $3,750,000