As peace talks advance between the Government of Colombia and the FARC guerilla group, an essential element of negotiations is how best to examine the truth about violence and abuses committed during the armed conflict. On February 25, 2015, the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Kofi Annan Foundation will host a conference in Bogotá, titled “Truth Commissions and Peace Processes: International Experiences and Challenges for Colombia.”
In this edition of the ICTJ Forum, Marta Martinez speaks with Marcie Mersky, ICTJ’s Director of Programs, about recent developments affecting the justice system in Guatemala. Mersky weighs in on the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the conclusion of the trials of Spanish Embassy attacks and the pending case against former president Rios Montt on charges of genocide.
Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, ICTJ's Communications Director, Refik Hodzic, asks the leader of the Catholic Church to actively contribute to "a genuine reckoning needed for a genuine peace" in a society still stuck in the past, even 20 years after the war.
On February 25, 2015, in Bogotá, the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Kofi Annan Foundation will host a conference to reflect on lessons learned from truth commissions emerging from peace processes around the world.
In this op-ed, ICTJ President David Tolbert explains why ignoring Boko Haram will only enable it to commit more atrocities. He argues that Nigeria’s government and the international community must learn the lessons of the LRA and act immediately to save lives and bring perpetrators to justice.