Report

7/9/2021

This study analyzes how transitional justice in Sierra Leone has contributed to prevention by responding to the grievances of those harmed by violations, reducing exclusion, addressing through institutional reforms the causes of past violence, and catalyzing long-term change. While transitional justice has helped Sierra Leone avoid the recurrence of the worst of its recent past, a more comprehensive approach to sustainable peace is needed to address the historical legacies of the conflict.

Date published: 
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 15:20

7/9/2021

This report examines the contribution of transitional justice to prevention in the Philippines, as well as the limits of this contribution due to the failure to comprehensively address and learn from the past and undertake structural changes. While reparations, truth telling, and institutional reform have played a role in preventing the recurrence of the most serious and widespread human rights violations, the Philippines remain a deeply divided society with high levels of discontent.

Date published: 
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 14:48

7/9/2021

This study examines the preventive effect of transitional justice in Peru in the aftermath of internal conflict and authoritarianism, focusing on the violence’s root causes and the differentiated impact on victims and affected communities. It contends that while transitional justice has led to policies that contribute to preventing political violence and has enhanced society’s control of institutions, the absence of broader cultural transformation means that the process of change remains unfinished.

Date published: 
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 14:33

7/9/2021

This study examines how transitional justice measures in Morocco have helped prevent state violence repression and social and economic exclusion. These measures included the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, which diagnosed some historical wrongdoings and called for reform to prevent their recurrence, and reparations, which provided important benefits to victims and drew attention to regional exclusion. The absence of regime change, however, has undermined the legitimacy of transitional justice and constrained its preventive impact.

Date published: 
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 10:06

7/9/2021

This report examines the preventive impact of transitional justice mechanisms in Colombia before the 2016 peace agreement. It finds that these measures have contributed to prevention by strengthening institutional responses to rights violations, shaping the public agenda, developing a culture of human rights, and facilitating the reintegration of victims. It also concludes that transitional justice has not done all it could to promote the structural changes needed to resolve underlying violent dynamics.

Date published: 
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 09:53

3/10/2021

Providing justice to victims of human rights abuses in fragile contexts such as the Central African Republic (CAR) is challenging for reasons related not only to the state’s stability, capacity, and political will, but also socioeconomic inequality in the country. This research report describes the contextual obstacles and operational challenges in CAR and examines the notion of justice and its feasibility from the perspective of a victim-centered approach.

Date published: 
Wed, 03/10/2021 - 08:05

1/25/2021

Because transitional justice processes are complex, politically contested, and not necessarily linear, they present unique theoretical and practical challenges for measuring their results. This report seeks to improve monitoring and evaluation practices and support evidence-based processes and interventions in the transitional justice field. It promotes a more nuanced approach to monitoring and evaluation that considers the specific challenges, conditions, and needs of the field and the different contexts where transitional processes are pursued.

Date published: 
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 10:15

12/3/2020

Invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction opens the door to the possibility of some accountability in circumstances where justice is not possible in countries where the crimes took place. This study considers the challenges facing the exercise of universal jurisdiction and assesses to what extent it remains a viable option for victims seeking justice for international crimes. While resort to universal jurisdiction is on the rise, it still faces considerable obstacles, particularly of a political nature.

Date published: 
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 15:30

9/14/2020

The armed conflict in Northern Uganda, stretching across more than two decades, greatly affected the local populations, which suffered multiple forms of war crimes and gross abuses of human rights. This study assesses the opportunities for providing interim relief to victims of conflict-related human rights violations through targeted development programs, pending the establishment of a comprehensive reparations program.

Date published: 
Mon, 09/14/2020 - 07:27

8/27/2020

On March 2 and 3, 2020, transitional justice and anti-corruption policymakers, experts, and activists from the Gambia, Kenya, South Africa, Armenia, and Tunisia met in Tunis for a two-day conference to share solutions to a common problem: how can countries emerging from dictatorship, war, or political transitions hold corrupt ex-rulers accountable, recover their ill-gotten assets, and ensure victims achieve justice and obtain reparations? This report gives an overview of the conference and its panel discussions.

Date published: 
Thu, 08/27/2020 - 09:39

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