Peace versus Justice: A False Dilemma

The two goals of peace and justice, rather than being exclusive, are mutually reinforcing. When justice is ignored, the danger of violence recurring remains high.

02/02/2022

"This debate of justice and peace, which sometimes becomes so acrimonious, is a false debate in the sense that you need both. Justice reinforces the long-term peace that one is looking for." Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General

ICTJ President David Tolbert and other ICTJ experts speak alongside former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone; and human rights activists from Kenya, Indonesia and Colombia on the role of justice in sustaining peace, ensuring non-repetition and reinstating respect for the rule of law.