Briefing Paper

5/21/2018

By looking at the documentation efforts of Syrian civil society organizations, this paper challenges the notion that criminal prosecution is the sole avenue of justice available for alleged crimes in Syria. Documentation could be used for important other avenues of justice, such as acknowledgement, fulfilling victims’ right to truth, and informing and preparing future transitional justice processes. This paper makes several recommendations for what can be done with documentation to support Syrian victims.

Date published: 
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:56

5/4/2018

This briefing paper focuses on the role of victims of human rights violations in criminal proceedings. This paper will provide examples of recent developments in the advancement of victim participation in criminal proceedings in international criminal law and domestic jurisdictions.

Date published: 
Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:31

5/4/2018

Pursuing justice in a transitional context may take the form of multiple measures and goes beyond the pursuit of criminal prosecutions. Tunisia’s Basic Law on Transitional Law, adopted in December 2013, is a case in point. Despite its flaws, the the law introduced a fairly comprehensive framework to redress past abuses and to hold perpetrators to account.

Date published: 
Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:59

5/4/2018

In some contexts, the global community has resorted to international tribunals to prosecute the most serious past crimes, such as war crimes, crimes against of humanity, and genocide. While these international efforts contributed significantly to international justice, they were resource draining and located outside the countries in which the crimes took place. To overcome these issues, the so-called hybrid court was developed that combines domestic and international law and personnel. Tunisia has adopted a purely domestic hybrid court.

Date published: 
Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:48

4/23/2018

Although youth are key political and social stakeholders, they often remain marginalized from transitional justice processes. In recent years, the peacebuilding field, in reflecting on what it means to meaningfully engage youth, has advanced a more nuanced framework that focuses on youth as agents of change.

Date published: 
Mon, 04/23/2018 - 08:32

3/14/2018

Over a decade since the end of conflict in Nepal, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) continues to support victims in their demands for justice, acknowledgment, reparations, and reform. While the Government of Nepal has established two commissions-the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP)-to advance these rights, neither commission is close to fulfilling its mandate, although both have been operating for about three years.

The ICTJ continues to support human rights victims in Nepal in their pursuit of justice, truth, reparations, and institutional reform. This briefing paper presents a summary of findings and recommendations from workshops that ICTJ conducted with women victims, as well as meetings it held with human rights groups in Nepal in November 2017.

Date published: 
Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:10

2/5/2018

When the Syrian people took to the streets in March 2011, nobody could have predicted that the ensuing crisis would become the largest international calamity in recent history. Syrians’ calls for freedom and justice, which rode the wave of revolutions in neighboring countries, have become enmeshed in a violent, protracted conflict that has changed the face of Syria and the course of politics in dozens of other states, doubtlessly influencing the way the world will deal with political, social, and humanitarian crises in the future.

Date published: 
Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:16

12/1/2017

Corruption is often uncritically assumed to be part of the way things work in transitional and post-conflict countries. Corruption is even argued to be beneficial to development, in that it “greases the wheels of bureaucracy” and gets things done. Under pressure to establish short-term stability in post-conflict settings, peace-builders and negotiators will sometimes make deals with the power brokers who started the conflict, shopping out political positions and control over state assets while turning a blind eye to questionable control of public funds.

Date published: 
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:00

11/21/2017

For decades, Kenyans have yearned for a police service that is accountable to the people and adheres to national laws and international human rights standards. The police stand accused of regularly meting out violence on the public, extra-judicial killings, and other human rights violations which are very rarely investigated or the perpetrators brought to account. The police further stand accused of abetting corruption, resulting in a debilitating impact on public trust. After the deadly crisis that followed the 2007 elections, where hundreds of Kenyans were killed as a result of excessive use of force by law enforcement, reforming the police became a national priority.

Date published: 
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:58

11/16/2017

Actuellement, Haïti fait face à plusieurs défis concernant la corruption, l’État de droit et la stabilité du pays. La mise en place en avril 2017 de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’appui à la justice en Haïti (MINUJUSTH) a pour but de contribuer aux efforts de l’État et de la société civile pour relever efficacement ces défis.

Date published: 
Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:12

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