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Since 2003, civil society groups in Argentina have led a vigorous push to hold criminals accountable for the human rights abuses perpetrated during military rule—which has ultimately resulted in a new wave of trials of high-ranking officers. ICTJ provides advice and support to local NGOs, prosecutors and the media in relation to these accountability efforts.

Despite some efforts, Brazil has not yet sought criminal accountability or robust truth seeking for the human rights violations committed by the former dictatorship (1964–1985). ICTJ works in Brazil to advise key stakeholders on openings for possible justice initiatives.

Through its ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada is responding to the devastating legacy of Indian Residential Schools. ICTJ has supported the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from its inception, and is working to spread its lessons to a new generation.

Colombia began peace talks with the FARC to reach an end to the armed conflict, and has also been implementing mechanisms to establish the responsibility of demobilized paramilitaries since 2005 and provide reparations. Other proceedings have taken place in respect of both military and politicians. ICTJ works with government and civil society groups in Colombia to pursue truth and justice.

Human rights and victims organizations in Guatemala have worked tirelessly to achieve important victories in the fight against impunity, but much remains to be done to achieve accountability and redress for violations during three decades of internal armed conflict. ICTJ has worked here to assist with reparations and criminal justice initiatives.

After two decades of internal armed conflict, Peru has witnessed many significant transitional justice developments, including a truth commission, national reparations plan and the prosecution of former President Alberto Fujimori. ICTJ works in Peru with local partners, assisting victims’ organizations to articulate and advocate for their demands for justice.

Before the U.S. government can move forward to a more credible counter-terrorism policy, it must acknowledge and take action to address its past abuses. ICTJ worked to highlight the importance of full accountability for serious human rights abuses of detainees by the United States.

Activists and leaders in a divided community in North Carolina worked to implement justice mechanisms on a local level. ICTJ shared lessons from other experiences to assist the community’s efforts to achieve truth and justice.