This report aims to help local governments, victims’ groups, and other stakeholders in Nepal to understand the scope of and potential inherent in local governmental powers and to identify what local governments can do to design and implement initiatives that support victims of conflict. It concludes by offering detailed recommendations for local governments that are considering measures of reparation for human rights victims and other transitional justice initiatives.

Date published: 
Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:51


This report is based on qualitative interviews with Central African refugees living in Chad and Cameroon, in which they were asked about their experience of displacement and their intentions and concerns regarding return, reconciliation, and justice. Refugees said that if peace and justice were to have a chance, they needed to hear a clear and strong message of inclusion coming from the highest levels of government that they are Central African citizens with equal rights.

Date published: 
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 08:17


Alors que les défenseurs des droits humains et les représentants des États reconnaissent de plus en plus la nécessité d’impliquer les enfants dans les processus de recherche de la vérité, il y a un besoin croissant d’outils pratiques facilitant la participation des enfants tout en privilégiant leur protection.

Date published: 
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:26


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