In a number of countries around the world, governments have created state-administered reparations programs for victims and communities that were most affected by massive human rights violations. The success of these programs, which often involve thousands of individuals, depends in part on the state’s ability to reach victims and record their demands for justice in an effective and meaningful way. Reparations programs may be administered by government agencies pursuant to a law or policy or a court judgment. In all cases, a process of identifying, verifying, and registering those entitled to reparations is necessary. This often begins with a reparations application form.

Date published: 
Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:27


Civil war in Lebanon ended in 1990, but its impact resonates today. How do young people understand the conflict, and how does it continue to shape their lives? A group of young photographers explored these questions through ICTJ's "The War as I See It" photo gallery. This publication presents the findings of that project. It showed that the generation born after 1990 lacks basic information about the war and that the young people who participated had a genuine curiosity to learn about and reflect on the war. Academics and experts who participated in the discussions expressed the importance of promoting knowledge and discussion of the civil war and its causes among young people, in order to build durable peace and prevent the recurrence of violence.

Date published: 
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:31


Discussions about a future return of refugees and coexistence among groups currently at war in Syria must begin now.

Date published: 
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:03


There is widespread misunderstanding of transitional justice in Nepal, and relevant policy is often motivated by the interests of political leaders and other powerful actors, like the Nepal Army, with little regard for the rights and needs of victims. This report, a collaboration between ICTJ and the Nepali NGO Martin Chautari, aims to broaden the understanding and awareness of what truth in transitional justice in Nepal actually means for diverse sets of stakeholders.

Date published: 
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:29


This report presents the main findings of a multiyear research project conducted by the International Center for Transitional Justice on the challenges and opportunities of responding to serious and massive human rights violations in different contexts. The project commissioned 21 studies on a wide range of contextual issues, 12 of which are included in an ICTJ edited volume, Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies.

Date published: 
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:18


In many countries of the African Great Lakes region, state-led approaches to transitional justice have been created by wide-ranging agreements or policies that have been later forgotten or only partially implemented. Even when implemented, they are often subject to years of delay and/or contention.This has left civil society, including victims’ groups, to try to fill the gaps in responding to victims’ rights and needs, while simultaneously advocating for government to fulfill its obligations

Date published: 
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:12


A new ICTJ report finds that the time is ripe for Georgia to take meaningful steps to reckon with the dark chapters of its recent past and ensure that abuses never happen again. The report warns that while political conditions in the country may not be perfect, waiting longer to acknowledge victims and deal with the past may lead to more abuses and a possible conflict in the long run.

Date published: 
Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:23


Les excuses publiques officielles constituent un élément important de toute politique de justice transitionnelle. En tant que forme symbolique de réparation, les excuses expriment une reconnaissance formelle, solennelle et généralement publique que des violations des droits humains ont été commises dans le passé, qu’elles ont causé aux victimes des souffrances graves et souvent irréparables, et que l’État, le groupe ou l’individu formulant ces excuses accepte la responsabilité totale ou partielle de ce qui s’est produit. La décision de présenter des excuses peut (et devrait) servir à soutenir une vision juste et morale permettant aux victimes et à la population d’avoir espoir en l’avenir.

Date published: 
Tue, 12/20/2016 - 13:26


Sexual violence against men and boys in times of conflict or repression is alarmingly common— and takes a markedly consistent form across contexts in terms of how it affects victims and societies as a human rights violation that is taboo to talk about. It has been committed in all cultures, geographic regions, and time periods. Today, while some of the silence surrounding the issue of sexual violence against women is being broken, unfortunately effective measures of justice and redress are still not understood or applied in ways that can support male victims.

Date published: 
Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:00


Ce rapport offre une compréhension de la situation actuelle et dresser un état des lieux des poursuites engagées et jugements intervenus dans le traitement judiciaire de la crise postélectorale en Côte d’Ivoire. Il identifie les obstacles juridiques et politiques aux poursuites nationales, et les possibles solutions à élaborer pour répondre aux défis examinés.

Date published: 
Tue, 06/21/2016 - 13:31