ICAN statement on Costa Rica

Geneva, February 5th, 2019

ICAN statement on Costa Rica

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On November 8, 2017, ICAN’s Executive Director, Ms. Beatrice Fihn, received an email from a campaigner who volunteered with one of our partner organisations, IPPNW Costa Rica. This confidential email informed Ms. Fihn of an alleged sexual assault that was perpetrated IN 2014 against the campaigner by a former head of state from Costa Rica.  At that time, the complainant asked Ms. Fihn to maintain confidentiality about the report. Ms. Fihn encouraged the complainant to bring the assault to the attention of the authorities and offered her support if requested. Ms Fihn respected the complainant’s position, and encouraged her to bring the assault to the attention of the authorities, offering ICAN’s support if requested.

Ms. Fihn reported to ICAN’s International Steering Group (ISG) that she had received a report of sexual assault from a campaigner while maintaining the victim’s confidentiality. The ISG conducted a review of ICAN’s policy and decided to develop further measures, such as a safeguarding policy, to have Ms. Fihn participate in safeguarding training and to offer further training to ICAN campaigners at upcoming ICAN campaigners meetings.

The complainant has since decided to report the assault to local authorities and asked Ms. Fihn to disregard the initial request for confidentiality in order to corroborate her charge.

ICAN expresses our deep regret that anyone has been subjected to such actions in the course of their campaigning work. ICAN and our over 500 partners continue to endorse a statement of values that notes our shared commitment to protect staff, interns, partners and volunteers from all forms of harassment or abuse.

We will continue to work to reduce risk and provide protection and support for all those working toward our campaign goals. ICAN stands with all who suffer sexual violence, harassment or other forms of aggression and is committed to providing a safe environment for our campaigners.

CONTACT: press@icanw.org

 

Español:

El 8 de noviembre de 2018, la Directora Ejecutiva de la Campaña Internacional para Abolir las Armas Nucleares (ICAN), Beatrice Fihn, ecibió un correo de parte de una activista afiliada como voluntaria a una de las entidades asociadas de ICAN, IPPNW Costa Rica. En este correo confidencial, la activista le informó a Fihn sobre un presunto abuso sexual perpetrado en su contra en el 2014 por parte de un expresidente de Costa Rica. En ese momento, la activista le pidió a Fihn que mantuviese la confidencialidad. Fihn respetó su posición, y le recomendó a la activista presentar una denuncia formal a las autoridades, ofreciéndole el apoyo de ICAN si era necesario.

Sin divulgar la identidad de la activista, Fihn le reportó al Grupo Directivo Internacional de ICAN el hecho de que una activista había sufrido una agresión sexual. Como respuesta, el grupo modificó las políticas existentes de ICAN y decidió actualizar varias medidas para proteger a sus activistas, entre las cuales está una política de salvaguardias, la participación de la Sra Fihn en una capacitación sobre salvaguardias y la posibilidad de más capacitaciones para miembros de la coalición en las siguientes reuniones plenarias de ICAN.

Desde entonces, la querellante ha decidido reportar el ataque a las autoridades y le ha pedido a la Sra. Fihn ignorar la solicitud inicial de confidencialidad, para así poder corroborar la denuncia.

ICAN lamenta profundamente que alguien haya sido sujeta a semejante agresión en el curso de su trabajo para la campaña. ICAN y sus 500 asociados continúan respaldando la declaración de valores que establece nuestro compromiso conjunto para proteger a todo personal, pasantes, socios y voluntarios de todas las formas de acoso o abuso.

Seguiremos trabajando para reducir el riesgo y brindar protección y apoyo a todos aquellos que trabajen para lograr los objetivos de la Campaña. ICAN se solidariza on todos aquellos que han sufrido violencia, acoso u otras formas de agresión sexual y se compromete a proveer un ambiente de trabajo seguro para nuestros activistas.

CONTACTO: press@icanw.org

 


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