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


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


Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace (SJP) aims to achieve criminal accountability through a mixed system of restorative and retributive justice. This report describes the court’s mixed model, delves into its innerworkings, and critically assesses its restorative justice components and their impact.

Date published: 
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 14:54


This report examines the police vetting in Kenya that was part of a broader reform in response to the 2007-2008 post-election violence, focusing on why civil society became disillusioned with the initiative. Drawing on interviews with civil society representatives and former members of the police commission, it explores the vetting's disappointing outcomes and the process itself, which exhibited a lack of responsiveness and transparency. The report is accompanied by a briefing paper and a policy brief, which offers recommendations on vetting more generally.

Date published: 
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:27
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This policy paper examines the dark reality of detentions in Syria, its impact on those who are detained and their families, and recommends a set of urgent steps that should be taken to assist families in obtaining information about the whereabouts of their loved ones, gaining access to them, and achieving their prompt release.

Date published: 
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:55


This report is an effort to break that silence and bring forward women’s voices in The Gambia to shed light on the violations they have suffered under Jammeh’s dictatorship and their enduring impact on their lives and those of their families.

Date published: 
Mon, 12/16/2019 - 13:12


Prosecution guidelines provide benchmarks for decision making and act as a shield for prosecutors in the face of undue influence, pressure, or interference. Prosecutors pursuing sensitive cases, such as those involving mass atrocities, ought to do so by applying binding, objective, fair and publicly known criteria. This report presents a comparative overview of prosecution guidelines from around the world in "ordinary" times and in the context of post-conflict transitions.

Date published: 
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:58


This report of the Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG16+ articulates the contributions of transitional justice to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 16 on peace, justice, and inclusion, but also related goals on gender and inequality. The report contends that in contexts of serious and massive human rights violations, transitional justice provides a framework for addressing the needs of victims, helping to reduce the “justice gap,” and building sustainable peace and development.

Date published: 
Mon, 06/03/2019 - 01:08


This report presents findings from a study based on interviews with 121 Syrian refugees living in Jordan. It aims to provide a better understanding of the impact the conflict in Syria has had on refugees, including their expectations, concerns, and priorities for potential durable solutions to their displacement.

Date published: 
Wed, 05/01/2019 - 14:41


This report aims to help practitioners in the transitional justice field to understand the experience of establishing and operating hybrid courts and to address some common assumptions about these entities. To do so, it looks at hybrid or mixed courts in practice, drawing on experiences in five different contexts: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, and Timor-Leste. 

Date published: 
Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:00