Press Releases


CAPE TOWN, April 8, 2011—In a landmark judgment handed down today the Constitutional Court upheld the rights of victims of apartheid era abuses, as well as the media and public, to speak the truth about crimes amnestied by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The court held that truth-telling was the moral base of the transition from the injustice of apartheid to democracy and constitutionalism.


JAKARTA/NEW YORK, April 7, 2011—A joint report released today 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.


NEW YORK, Mar. 18, 2011—“Those responsible for the shelling of a market in Abidjan must be identified and held accountable,” said ICTJ president David Tolbert referring to yesterday’s attack on a food market in Abobo, a suburb of the Ivory Coast’s capital, in which 100 people were killed or wounded.

“Such cowardly and heinous acts must not be allowed to go unpunished,” stated Tolbert. “The international community must show resolve in bringing perpetrators of this and other crimes against civilians in Ivory Coast to justice swiftly and resolutely,” he added.


NAIROBI/NEW YORK, March 10, 2011—As a signatory to the Rome Statute, Kenya should continue to meet all of its obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) said after the ICC issued summonses for the appearance of six individuals in relation to Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence.


NEW YORK, Mar. 3, 2011—The international community should maintain the robust stance for accountability in Libya that it has shown in recent days, said the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) today after welcoming the decision of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into the situation in Libya.


NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2011—As violence surges in Libya, the African Union, the Arab League and the United Nations must urgently establish investigation mechanisms into the allegations of unlawful killings and other serious violations of international law. Those responsible for planning and ordering these crimes must be held accountable, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) said today.


DILI/NEW YORK, Feb. 16—The commitment of Timor-Leste’s political leadership to address the legacy of serious human rights violations committed during the nation’s 25-year conflict has once again been brought into question.

On Feb. 14, the Timor-Leste National Parliament indefinitely postponed the debate of two bills implementing key recommendations made by the country’s two truth commissions: the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) and the bi-national Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF).


NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2011—As Egyptians redesign their constitution and political system, they should also consider meaningful ways to address legacies of human rights violations, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) said today.


NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2011—The Egyptian government should immediately order the release of human rights activists being held by security forces in Cairo, said the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) today following reports of activists from Hisham Mubarak Legal Centre, the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch, among others, being harassed and detained.


Des associations de la société civile africaine protestent contre les tentatives visant à empêcher que justice soit rendue aux victimes des violences postélectorales

(Johannesburg, le 25 janvier 2011)—Le gouvernement kényan devrait réaffirmer son engagement en faveur de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI). Les États africains parties à la CPI devraient rejeter toute mesure proposée lors du prochain sommet de l’Union africaine (UA) qui saperait les chances pour les victimes au Kenya de voir justice faite.