In Focus

Senior Expert, Programs


On June 25, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte publicly proposed arming civilian supporters in his war on drugs. His statement comes barely a week after the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) outgoing prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced her request to open an investigation into crimes against humanity related the Philippines’ war on drugs. This step has been long-awaited by victims of the drug war. Nonetheless, the ICC case should be part of a larger, more strategic fight for justice in which the needs, safety, and future of the predominantly poor families victimized by the drug war are central and just as important as naming, shaming, and prosecuting the perpetrators and abettors of these crimes. 

Executive Director


“No peace without justice” is a chant that filled the streets of the United States last year following the murder George Floyd by police in May 2020. This same chant has animated protest movements and social and political upheaval in many countries around the world. We at ICTJ know from our experience that these calls for justice are for something far more encompassing than criminal accountability alone.


While Armenia may rightfully seek acknowledgment from its neighbors of the genocide and other egregious violations, for its part, it must have the courage to reckon with its own recent past in the 30 years since achieving statehood, which includes war crimes, systematic corruption, and large-scale human rights abuses against its own citizens. Failing to do so ultimately threatens the young republic’s democracy.


This report summarizes the findings of an ICTJ research project on the contribution of transitional justice to prevention. Drawing from five country case studies, it contends that addressing the past can help to prevent the recurrence not only of human rights violations but also violence and injustice more broadly by fostering individual and collective inclusion and catalyzing long-term reform. It also identifies common limitations to the preventive impact of transitional justice.

Date published: 
Mon, 06/28/2021 - 06:31
25/06/2021 - 25/06/2021

The workshop will be live streamed on ICTJ’s Facebook page on Friday June 25th, 2021, from 2:00 PM to 04:30 PM, Tunisia Time (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM ET). The livestream will be in English and Arabic, and audience members are encouraged to ask their questions in the Facebook chat attached to the video stream.


New York, June 21, 2021—ICTJ will launch a series of publications presenting findings from a major research project on prevention and transitional justice, as part of a Zoom webinar and panel discussion on June 28. The public event will bring together relevant policymakers, practitioners, donors, and scholars for an overview of the research findings and a discussion of transitional justice’s vital contribution to the prevention of violent conflict and authoritarian rule.