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.
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.