A Child-Sensitive Approach to Transitional Justice

Date and time: 
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 13:15
Permanent Mission of Finland, UN Plaza, New York

This panel discussion will examine how key decision makers in the fields of transitional justice and child protection can better work together to strengthen the protection of children’s rights in post-conflict and post-authoritarian transitions. Greater collaboration between these fields is essential for creating mechanisms that better address the full range of violations suffered by children, respond to their needs, create space for their engagement, and craft effective recommendations for moving forward.

The discussion builds on the findings contained in ICTJ’s pioneering report “Through a New Lens: A Child- Sensitive Approach to Transitional Justice." The report applies not only to post-conflict contexts but also to situations of massive human rights violations or to post-authoritarian contexts. It analyzes experiences of four countries – Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Nepal – and offers some key lessons on children’s participation in transitional justice measures. It is complemented by the perspectives brought forward in the new working paper of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict on Children and Justice During and in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict.

In a panel discussion moderated by the Permanent Representative of Finland, Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen, we will hear from:

  • President of the International Center for Transitional Justice David Tolbert
  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy
  • Former President of the Children's Forum Network and young adult who was affected by the armed conflict in Sierra Leone Messeh Kamara (to be confirmed)

Please contact Virginie Ladisch for more information.