Truth Commissions and Peace Processes in Africa

Date and time: 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00 to Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 17:00
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On April 18-19, the African Union with the Kofi Annan Foundation and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) will host a high-level conference at the AU Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa to discuss many of the critical issues that peace mediators and practitioners need to take into account when considering including a truth commission as part of a peace process.

The two-day conference, entitled “Truth Commissions and Peace Processes in Africa,” will gather senior staff from the African Union and member states as well as international and national experts to reflect on lessons learned from truth commissions that have emerged from peace processes in Africa and other continents. Countries to be discussed as “case studies” will be Tunisia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Mali, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, and Colombia.

Speakers will include Kofi Annan, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation; Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the AU; and David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

See full agenda and concept note of the conference.

Download the report Challenging the Conventional: Can Truth Commissions Strengthen Peace Processes?.

Explore a multimedia presentation exploring the experiences of Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal, where truth commissions were set up as a result of a peace agreement.