Truth and Memory


“I learned that transitional justice is reform, change and progress.”

This is what university students in Beirut had to say after participating in a two-day workshop held by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), as part of its ongoing support to the Committee of the Families of the Kidnapped and Disappeared in Lebanon. The workshop sought to help these young volunteers better understand the country’s legacy of human rights violations, its transitional justice processes and their significance, and the role they can play to advance truth and justice.


On February 26, the International Center for Transitional Justice and NYU Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice welcomed former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos for a conversation on the role of transitional justice in peace negotiations, along with Liv Tørres, the director of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.


بعد سنوات من النزاع، الديكتاتورية والظلم التاريخي، لا يزال الضحايا في جميع أنحاء العالم يسعون للحصول على تعويض ولتأكيد كرامتهم. ظل المركز الدولي للعدالة الانتقالية يقف إلى جانب الضحايا منذ عام ٢٠٠١. لقد عملنا في أكثر من ٥٠ دولة مختلفة، مما ساعد على تقدم العدالة الانتقالية، التي تعالج أسباب وعواقب الانتهاكات الجسيمة لحقوق الإنسان وترسي أسس السلام والعدالة والإدماج. نأمل أن ينقل الفيديو المؤسسي الجديد رسالتنا وأن يصل الى جمهور جديد


No existe una fórmula para calmar los dolores que deja una guerra, mucho menos para borrar las huellas o diluir en el olvido las responsabilidades. Lo que sí existen son experiencias de personas que están haciendo o hicieron ese tránsito en búsqueda de la reconciliación. Estas son algunas de esas voces.


There is no way to calm the pain left by war, much less erase the traces or water down the responsibilities into oblivion.  What does exist are the experiences of people who are making or made that transition in search of reconciliation.  These are some of their voices.


Years after conflict, dictatorship, or historical injustice, victims throughout the world are still seeking redress and for their dignity to be affirmed. ICTJ has been standing alongside victims since 2001.