Recommendations of the Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG16+

1/31/2019

The Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG16+ calls on the international community, including policymakers, donors, and practitioners, to:

  • provide consistent support and investment to context-specific transitional justice, as a tool of sustainable peace and development.
  • formulate development indicators according to the scale and seriousness of the injustices that occurred during violent conflict or repression.
  • assess the value of transitional justice to development targets according to its process and long-term contribution to change rather than short-term impact.
  • recognize the critical role that transitional justice can play in the prevention of human rights violations, violence, repression, and violent conflict.
  • include within the notion of guarantees of nonrecurrence a range of institutional, legal, and constitutional reforms as well as civil society-led, faith-based, and cultural interventions.
  • adopt approaches to transitional justice that address gender hierarchies, discrimination, and exclusion, specifically when dealing with violations against women.
  • promote a conception of transitional justice that addresses all human rights violations—including economic, social, and cultural violations.
  • design transitional justice mechanisms to help root out systems of inequality, exclusion, discrimination, societal division, and other structural causes of violence.
  • encourage innovative justice solutions that are driven by local and regional priorities and account for local political dynamics.
  • fund civil society and victims’ efforts to organize, network, and advocate for their rights rather than limiting funding to state- or otherwise officially led initiatives.
  • provide the tools, space, and access to information to victims and affected communities necessary for them to participate in and shape every stage of the transitional justice process.
  • support local efforts to change underlying distributions of power so that space can open up for transitional justice initiatives.
  • promote participatory transitional justice in which civil society, victims, marginalized and vulnerable populations, and children and youth can meaningfully participate.
  • emphasize the long-term nature of transitional justice and establish links to permanent structures such as national justice systems.