Publications

  • 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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  • Date published: 4/26/2011

    Justice in Peacebuilding: Towards a policy framework for the European Union

    Author: ICTJ; IfP; Laura Davis; and Thomas Unger

    The European Union has an extensive commitment to peacebuilding. This includes the whole range of relevant EU activities, from facilitating peace agreements and crisis management under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), to short, medium, and long-term peacebuilding programmes with international bodies, third country governments, local authorities and civil society organisations supported by the European Commission.

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  • Date published: 4/25/2011

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council

    Author: ICTJ

    The transitional justice review of Bosnia and Herzegovina says that in spite of important achievements in Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of transitional justice, a number of substantive concerns remain. The report's recommendations include supporting the implementation of the National War Crimes Strategy, applying harmonized legislation throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, establishing an effective witness support and protection programme, and strengthening local capacities for war crimes prosecutions.

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  • Date published: 4/20/2011

    Accountability for Property and Environmental War Crimes: Prosecution, Litigation, and Development (Full Paper)

    Author: Mark A. Drumbl

    This paper explores how enforcement of international criminal law currently addresses socioeconomic and environmental crimes. It specifically examines current efforts to promote accountability for: (1) environmental war crimes and (2) property crimes and expropriation. The paper then engages in a normative discussion of whether increased judicialization of environmental war crimes and property crimes is a worthwhile pursuit for those committed to accountability, prevention, transition, and development.

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  • Date published: 4/7/2011

    Derailed:Transitional Justice in Indonesia Since the Fall of Soeharto (Executive Summary and Recommendations)

    Author: ICTJ, KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence)

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A joint report released by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) examines the variety of state-sponsored initiatives to address mass violations of human rights in Indonesia since the fall of Soeharto’s New Order regime. The research concludes that senior government officials consistently and repeatedly failed to achieve truth, accountability, institutional reform and reparations for the most serious crimes.

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  • Date published: 4/7/2011

    Derailed: Transitional Justice in Indonesia since the fall of Soeharto (Report)

    Author: ICTJ, KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence)

    A joint report released by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) examines the variety of state-sponsored initiatives to address mass violations of human rights in Indonesia since the fall of Soeharto’s New Order regime. The research concludes that senior government officials consistently and repeatedly failed to achieve truth, accountability, institutional reform and reparations for the most serious crimes.

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  • Date published: 4/1/2011

    Transitions April 2011: An Inspiring Time

    Author: ICTJ

    ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. As ICTJ recognizes its ten year anniversary, President David Tolbert reflects on the organization's successes and growth over the past decade.

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  • Date published: 4/1/2011

    The Transitional Justice Process in Burundi (French)

    Author: ICTJ

    Almost a year after the second post-election transition in Burundi, national and international attention is focused on the willingness and ability of the new government to implement the decisions agreed to during negotiations that culminated in the historic August 2000 peace and reconciliation agreement in Arusha. The agreement stipulated the establishment of two mechanisms (legal and non-legal) to address a long history of political and ethnic violence. Following a field analysis, this report presents recommendations on the transitional justice process in Burundi.

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  • Date published: 3/4/2011

    We Can’t Be Sure Who Killed Us: Memory and Memorialization in Post-conflict Northern Uganda

    Author: ICTJ; Julian Hopwood

    This reports examine the role of memorials in transitional justice processes, based on research conducted in the Acholi and Lango subregions of northern Uganda. It offers recommendations to those planning memorial activities on how to achieve the highest impact.

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  • Date published: 3/1/2011

    Selecting Commissioners for Nepal's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Author: ICTJ

    The importance of an independent, representative, and competent truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) to guarantee the rights of victims to truth, justice, and reparations should not be underestimated. Key recommendations in this regard are included in this briefing.

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