Publications

  • Date published: 6/9/2011

    Comments on the Draft Regulations Published by the Department of Justice Dealing with Reparations for Apartheid Era Victims

    Author: South African Coalition for Transitional Justice

    The South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ) submits the following comments regarding the May 11, 2010 General Notice 282 published in the Government Gazette. The Coalition objects to the Notice 282 regulations on procedural, constitutional, and international law grounds, and makes recommendations on how the government can these concerns.

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  • Date published: 6/8/2011

    Human Rights and Transitional Justice in the 2011 World Development Report

    Author: ICTJ

    In April, the World Bank released its 2011 World Development Report (WDR) entitled Conflict, Security, and Development. It is the first WDR that links transitional justice to security and development and places human rights violations at the heart of its analysis of conflict. ICTJ has produced a fact sheet outlining the core findings of the report as they pertain to transitional justice.

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  • Date published: 6/7/2011

    Transitional Justice in the United Nations Human Rights Council

    Author: ICTJ

    This policy brief reviews the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council as it relates to transitional justice, five years after the Council's establishment. Overall findings indicate that the Council and its mechanisms, notably the system of Special Procedures, have approached justice for mass atrocities in a piecemeal and—sometimes—politicized manner. More effective use of a transitional justice framework could strengthen the Council's ability to fulfill its mandate to address human rights violations and prevent future abuse.

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  • Date published: 6/3/2011

    "Defining the Goals of Reparations," International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol 3, 2009

    Author: ICTJ

    Both of the books reviewed here provide deep analysis regarding the challenges of repairing historical mass crimes and past harmful policies, aswell as the limitations and difficulties of such endeavors.

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  • Date published: 6/1/2011

    Prosecutions of Crimes Against Humanity in Timor-Leste: A Case Analysis

    Author: ICTJ

    This paper analyzes the Maubuti case in Timor-Leste, the third serious crimes case to be brought to trial after the closure of the UN-supported Serious Crimes Unit in 2005. Maubuti was indicted for crimes against humanity including murder, attempted murder, and rape. The decision and procedural aspects of the trial raise serious concerns about the Timorese courts’ capacity to try international crimes. The case further brings into question scores of prior successful prosecutions of crimes against humanity in Timor-Leste.

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  • Date published: 5/24/2011

    Truth-Seeking and the Challenge of Sustainable Peace: Application Form

    Author: ICTJ

    The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), in partnership with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC), is pleased to announce its third Intensive Course on Truth-Seeking. Our 2011 course will focus on the relationship between peacebuilding and transitional justice by examining the role of truth-seeking initiatives in ongoing conflict resolution and post-conflict contexts.

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  • Date published: 5/24/2011

    Truth-Seeking and the Challenge of Sustainable Peace: ICTJ Third Intensive Course on Truth-Seeking and Peacebuilding

    Author: ICTJ

    The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), in partnership with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC), is pleased to announce its third Intensive Course on Truth-Seeking. Our 2011 course will focus on the relationship between peacebuilding and transitional justice by examining the role of truth-seeking initiatives in ongoing conflict resolution and post-conflict contexts.

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  • Date published: 5/20/2011

    Addressing the Past, Building the Future: Justice in Time of Transition Conference Report

    Author: ICTJ

    ICTJ’s Middle East and North Africa Program, in partnership with the Arab Institute for Human Rights, the Tunisian League for Human Rights, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, convened an international conference entitled “Addressing the Past, Building the Future: Justice in Times of Transition” in Tunis, Tunisia on April 14-15, 2011. This report summarizes the five sessions focusing on criminal accountability, security sector reform and vetting, truth-seeking, gender justice, and reparations, as well as the concluding observations of the conference.

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  • Date published: 5/11/2011

    Kenya Transitional Justice Brief, Vol. 1, No. 1

    Author: ICTJ

    The Kenya Transitional Justice Brief, a quarterly bulletin by ICTJ highlighting current developments in the field of transitional justice in Kenya. This first edition provides a summary and analysis of developments surrounding the International Criminal Court's (ICC's) involvement in Kenya, and concludes that while discussions of establishing domestic accountability measures or engaging with the ICC may be politically motivated, they may prove to be the start of legitimate progress towards addressing the current impunity gap.

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  • Date published: 5/2/2011

    Transitions May 2011: Amnesty Does Not Erase the Truth

    Author: ICTJ

    ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. South Africa’s Constitutional Court recently made a landmark ruling on the right to speak the truth about crimes amnestied by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. ICTJ Truth-Seeking Consultant Howard Varney speaks about the ruling and its significance for South Africa and other countries.

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