The importance of an independent, representative, and competent truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) to guarantee the rights of victims to truth, justice, and reparations should not be underestimated. Key recommendations in this regard are included in this briefing.
ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. Galuh Wandita, ICTJ Senior Associate in Indonesia, talks about a comprehensive study of truth and accountability in Indonesia, and how the lessons learned in Indonesia's transition can be applied to recent transitions in the Middle East and North Africa.
Building a constitutional state and pursuing social change is best approached by looking at prior successes. Here is a comparison between the Kenyan and South African constitutions and an outline of how constitutional litigation unfolded in South Africa.
ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. This newsletter focuses on unrest in Middle East and North Africa. Hanny Megally, ICTJ Vice President for Programs, talks about demonstrations and upheaval in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere.
Since the Solomon Islands period of unrest, known as the tensions, between 1998 and 2003 a number positive steps have been taken through the creation of several transitional justice initiatives. These have included prosecutions for crimes committed during this period, traditional reconciliation ceremonies, compensation, institutional reform, and, most recently, the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission.
FOCUS: The Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Solomon Islands experienced a period of extreme unrest, known as the tensions, between 1998 and 2003. Since then, a number of positive steps have been taken to move toward a more stable democracy, including the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC).
Despite the critical role of outreach programs and the dedication and strategic planning required to implement them effectively, the level of thought and support devoted to outreach work has varied widely among TJ institutions. This report offers a definition and systematic consideration of outreach activities, along with practical guidance on the design and implementation of outreach programs.
ICTJ's monthly newsletter, providing transitional justice news and updates from around the world. ICTJ Africa Program Director Suliman Baldo discusses the southern Sudan referendum for independence, and weighs the prospects for a peaceful and lasting transition.
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.