In many societies, histories of exclusion, racism, and nationalist violence often create divisions so deep that finding a way to deal with the atrocities of the past seems nearly impossible.
In Afghanistan, community theater has begun to be used as a method of transitional justice to give victims a voice and create positive impulses for peacebuilding. According to a new briefing paper released by ICTJ, through theater, victims are able to create a “safe space” to discuss experiences of conflict and explore accountability. The main theatrical focus is on dialogue, with the explicit aim of allowing participants to propose solutions, discuss plans for change and train themselves for social action.
Gender-based violence, including sexual violence was a common feature of the 10-year-long armed conflict between the security forces and the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist (CPN-M), yet few individual incidents were reported.
The Burmese government cannot change in a meaningful way until it eliminates the culture of impunity for human rights violations that has developed during the past 48 years. The international community can help this effort by establishing a commission of inquiry into the violations. Recent efforts in Burma to end the civil war and to introduce democratic rule have fallen short.
ICTJ, with the sponsorship of the United Natinos Rule of law Unit and the support of the Secretariat of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the International Criminal Court (ICC), hosted a retreate entitlted "Complementarity After Kampala: The Way Forward" on October 28-29, 2010, at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York. This report provides a summary of the principal discussions without attributing views to the individual participants.
ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. Patrick Pierce, ICTJ Head of Program, Burma, discusses the first parliamentary elections in Burma since 1990, scheduled to take place November 7, and what is at stake.
Sierra Leone has made tremendous progress in implementing transitional justice commitments incumbent on the authorities under the Lomé Peace Agreement (LPA) and international law.
The passing of the Constitution of Kenya of 2010 and its promulgation on August 27, 2010, heralds the deep desire of Kenyans, as individuals and communities, to live in a society that respects and protects their liberties and livelihoods without discrimination. With respect to transitional justice, it seeks to heal society, facilitate exit from authoritarianism, and establish a just society based on the rule of law.
ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. Virginie Ladisch, ICTJ Program Associate for the Children's Project, discusses the project and challenges and considerations to merging transitional justice with child protection efforts.
Gender-based violence has been endemic in recent conflicts throughout the world and has resulted in women being disproportionately affected as both casualties of violence and as internally displaced persons. The reality is that gender-based violence has often been dismissed as an unfortunate consequence of conflict, resulting in widespread impunity for these crimes and general tolerance of gender-based violence in post-conflict societies.