Truth and Memory

What do we mean by justice in these circumstances? How do we balance the interests of justice and dignity with the pursuit of peace and stability? What can be done to restore the basic values of trust and respect in a system shattered by atrocities perpetrated on an enormous scale? How does a society recover?


Luego de la desaparición de 43 estudiantes en 2014, Ayotzinapa se ha convertido en un símbolo internacional de la lucha contra la impunidad. Conversamos con Carlos Martín Beristain, uno de los cinco expertos que conforman el Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI), sobre las conclusiones del informe Ayotzinapa y la posibilidad de usar herramientas de justicia transicional para enfrentar el grave fenómeno de las desapariciones forzadas en México.

In 2013, ICTJ and the Kofi Annan Foundation joined efforts to reexamine assumptions about how truth commissions may be established and what makes them operate effectively as a tool to strengthen peace processes. This multimedia presentation based on the reflections we have developed throughout this 3-year project. We invite you to learn – in English, Spanish and Arabic – from Guatemala, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Nepal on how truth seeking can serve as a catalyzer for peace.

On January 14, 2011, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the dictator who had ruled over Tunisia since 1987, was ousted from office by popular demonstrations led by young people eager to assert their political and economic rights. Five years later, Tunisia is the only country to emerge from the Arab Spring by transitioning to democracy, but waning political support and a restrictive climate fueled by fears of terrorism have endangered efforts to address its history of human rights abuses.