• Date published: 1/1/2009

    Vetting Lessons for the 2009-10 Elections in Afghanistan

    Author: ICTJ; Fatima Ayub, Antonella Deledda, Patricia Gossman

    In the lead up to Afghanistan's second cycle of elections in 2009 and 2010, this report aims to analyze the legal and operational framework for vetting candidates in the upcoming elections; describe and assess the challenges to the vetting process in the previous elections; map out possibilities and challenges for vetting in the upcoming elections; and make recommendations on vetting to key Afghan and international stakeholders.

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  • Date published: 1/1/2008

    A Truth Commission for Kenya? Incorporating International Standards and Best Practice

    Author: ICTJ

    A range of transitional justice measures should be considered in addressing the Kenyan crisis, including holding key perpetrators to account in a court of law, providing reparations for victims of the recent violence, and vetting security forces in order to remove those involved in abuses. The intent of this statement is to present guidelines, based on internationally-accepted best practices and the experience of many previous truth commissions to date, that should serve as the minimal starting point for any official truth-seeking initiative.

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  • Date published: 1/1/2008

    Serbia: Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council

    Author: ICTJ

    The application of transitional justice mechanisms, such as war crimes trials and reparations, has significant flaws in Serbia. Lack of progress may be even greater in truth-seeking and vetting of public officials. Serbia must do much more in all areas of transitional justice, for its own sake and the sake of long-term regional stability.

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  • Date published: 1/1/2007

    Justice as Prevention: Vetting Public Employees in Transitional Societies

    Author: ed. Pablo de Greiff and Alexander Mayer-Rieckh

    Vetting—the process by which abusive or corrupt employees are excluded from public office—is often practiced in post-conflict societies, yet remains one of the least studied aspects of transitional justice. In a co-publication of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), editors Alexander Mayer-Rieckh and Pablo de Greiff have assembled a collection of essays systematically exploring vetting practices in a variety of countries and contexts.

  • Date published: 1/1/2006

    Rule of Law Tools for Post Conflict States: Vetting: an operational framework

    Author: UN; Alexander Mayer-Rieckh (for OHCHR)

    Part of a series of practitioner-oriented publications by OHCHR, this report provides operational guidelines on the implementation of vetting programs within the broader context of institutional reform in post-conflict or post-authoritarian societies.

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  • Date published: 1/1/2006

    Vetting Public Employees in Post-conflict Settings: Operational Guidelines

    Author: Alexander Mayer-Rieckh (for UNDP)

    This publication, written for the UNDP, provides operational guidelines on the implementation of vetting programs in post-conflict societies.

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  • Date published: 1/1/2006

    Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States, Vetting: an operational framework

    Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    This publication provides an operational framework for vetting and institutional reform. It is intended address the challenges of institutional and personnel reform in post-conflict States through the creation of vetting processes that exclude persons who lack integrity from public institutions. It is divided into three sections: 1) the concept of vetting in the context of institutional reform and transitional justice; 2) the political conditions of post-conflict or post-authoritarian reform; and 3) the operational guidelines themselves.

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  • Date published: 10/1/2004

    Serbia and Montenegro: Selected Developments in Transitional Justice

    Author: ICTJ

    Since the end of open armed conflict in the former Yugoslavia, there has been little progress in transitional justice. This particularly applies to Serbia and Montenegro, which has lurched from one political crisis to another. This paper provides an overview of some of the major issues and recent developments in transitional justice in Serbia and Montenegro. It examines the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), local trials, the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission, reparations, and vetting of public officials.

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  • Date published: 10/1/2004

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Selected Developments in Transitional Justice

    Author: ICTJ

    This paper provides an overview of the major issues and recent developments in transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). It examines the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), local trials, the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Srebrenica Commission, a draft on Law and Missing Persons, reparations, and the vetting of state instiutions. Due to the lack of a comprehensive transitional justice vision in the Dayton Agreement (which ended the war in 1995) efforts in BiH have been ad hoc and incomplete.

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  • Date published: 10/1/2004

    A First Few Steps: The Long Road to a Just Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Author: ICTJ; Federico Borello

    The development of effective transitional justice policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by lack of security, fear of destabilization, limited political will, and scarce resources. This paper focuses on three specific measures of transitional justice: prosecutions, the truth and reconciliation commission, and vetting. The challenge is to set the right conditions in place in order to ensure that these initiatives can begin as soon as possible. It is also to incorporate elements of justice in this highly complex situation.

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