• Date: 1/1/2007

    An Administrative Practices Manual for Internationally Assisted Criminal Justice Institutions

    Author: ICTJ; Robin Vincent

    This reference manual offers a template for developing and operating an internationally-assisted criminal justice institution. It provides a practical basis for setting up such an institution from an administrative perspective, drawing on numerous relevant practices currently used in existing institutions. It aims to highlight the importance of flexibility and innovation, and comments on other areas of responsibility that overlap with administrative functions.

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  • Date: 12/22/2006

    ICTJ Report: Colombians Want Genuine Peace with Justice

    Author: ICTJ

    This article focuses on the results of an ICTJ nation-wide survey: Colombian Perceptions and Opinions on Justice, Truth, Reparations, and Reconciliation. Colombians expressed a strong demand for accountability and reparations and low support for lenient sentences. ICTJ demands the Colombian government to listen to its people and take steps to deliver justice to victims and negotiate a durable peace.

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  • Date: 12/1/2006

    Croatia: Selected Developments in Transitional Justice

    Author: ICTJ; Thierry Cruvellier and Marta Valiñas

    This case study offers an overview of some of the major issues and recent developments in transitional justice in Croatia. While the main focus is on war crimes prosecutions before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Croatian courts, it also examines truth-telling efforts (or the lack thereof), reparations, and the relevant institutional reforms by the Croatian State.

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  • Date: 11/1/2006

    Comments on Draft Internal Rules for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

    Author: ICTJ

    ICTJ provides constructive comments on the draft Internal Rules for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). While the draft Internal Rules provide greater procedural clarity for the ECCC proceedings, ICTJ lists several concerns in five areas that must be focused on. These include: trials in absentia, protection and support for victims and witnesses, the ECCC's power to award reparations, public accessibility of the proceedings, and some key lessons from the ICTJ's monitoring of the Iraqi High Tribunal.

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  • Date: 11/1/2006

    Dujail: Trial and Error?

    Author: ICTJ

    This paper summarizes the basic facts about the Dujail trial, the first trial before the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) against Saddam Hussein and seven others. It also summarizes facts about the IHT in general. It considers both what the Iraqis wanted out of the trial, what such prosecutions can achieve, and evaluates the trial itself.

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  • Date: 9/1/2006

    Ghana's National Reconciliation Commission: A Comparative Assessment

    Author: ICTJ, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation; Nahla Valji

    This report evaluates Ghana's National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) against its own objectives and the comparative experiences of truth commissions in other countries. Although the NRC was successful in securing some reconciliation, it was plagued by lack of resources and an overt politicization of the institution and its work.

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  • Date: 9/1/2006

    Lessons in Truth-Seeking: International Experiences Informing United States Initiatives

    Author: ICTJ; Lisa Magarrell, Blaz Gutierrez

    This report disscusses the Greensboro Truth and Reonciliation Commission's Final Report on the 1979 killings of five anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstrators. It focuses on a meeting of representatives from truth recovery efforts around the world to assess the Greensboro experience. Topics covered include best practices, lessons learned, and the potential of truth commissions for other communities and issues in the United States. It concludes that there is great potential to gain from this type of exchange, and that Greensboro is an inspiration for other communities.

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  • Date: 7/1/2006

    Truth Commissions and Gender: Principles, Policies, and Procedures

    Author: ICTJ; Vasuki Nesiah

    This report provides an overview of how truth commissions can address gender issues. It aims to help those involved with the truth commission process make informed decisions regarding different operational directions by highlighting potential advantages and disadvantages of the various approaches. Examples of how to address gender in truth commissions include: ensuring a specific number of female commissioners and staff; providing in-camera hearing options; and convening a gender hearing.

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  • Date: 7/1/2006

    Overpromised, Underdelivered: Transitional Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Author: ICTJ; Lydiah Bosire

    This paper discusses the challenges encountered during efforts to pursue justice in a number of sub-Saharan African countries in transition, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. It presents a background and genealogy of transitional justice, and explores the obstacles that arise when implementing transitional justice measures such as prosecutions, truth-seeking, reparations, and institutional reform.

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  • Date: 7/1/2006

    ICTJ Written Submission: Legality of Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Author: ICTJ

    In this amicus brief to the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ICTJ submits that the legislation establishing the Indonesian Truth and Reconciliation Commission ("TRC law") contravenes international law. ICTJ contests the provisions of the TRC law that allow for the granting of amnesty and that condition a victim's right to reparation upon the granting of amnesty. These provisions contradict a number of conventions, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture.

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