• Date: 3/1/2006

    The Special Court for Sierra Leone Under Scrutiny

    Author: ICTJ; Tom Perriello, Marieke Wierda

    This case study provides basic information and policy analysis on the Special Court for Sierra Leone. It aims to help guide policymakers establishing and implementing similar mechanisms. The Court broke new ground in terms of narrowly focusing on those bearing the greatest responsibility for human rights abuses, allowing for a limited and efficient approach. However, the court faces significant challenges in terms of impact, legitimacy, fairness, and overall efficiency.

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  • Date: 1/12/2006

    What Happened to the Women? Gender and Reparation for Human Rights Violations

    Author: ed. Ruth Rubio-Marin

    Women face a double marginalization under authoritarian regimes and during and after violent conflicts. Nonetheless, reparations programs are rarely designed to address the needs of women victims. What Happened to the Women? Gender and Reparations for Human Rights Violations, argues for the introduction of a gender dimension into reparations programs. The volume explores gender and reparations policies in Guatemala, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Timor-Leste.

  • Date: 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: 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: 1/1/2006

    Symposium: The Trial of Saddham Hussein

    Author: Ethics & International Affairs; Miranda Sissons

    This article examines and evaluates the Iraq Tribunal's Dujail Trial. The trial marks the beginning of a longer accountability process in the country and can potentially make a lasting contribution to transitional justice. This study assesses the fairness and effectiveness of the trial, and provides suggestions for future trials.

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  • Date: 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: 1/1/2006

    Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States: Truth Commissions

    Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    This publication sets out basic principles and approaches to truth commissions and is intended to assist policymakers in advising on the development of truth-seeking mechanisms. It summarizes lessons learned from the experiences of over 30 truth commissions in the past two to three decades. While truth commissions do not replace the need for prosecutions, they do offer some form of accounting for the past. The work of a truth commission may strengthen prosecutions that take place in the future.

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  • Date: 1/1/2006

    Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States: Prosecution Initiatives

    Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    This publication sets out basic considerations on prosecution initiatives. It is intended to assist United Nations field staff when advising on how to address the challenges of prosecuting perpetrators of crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It focuses on the strategic and technical challenges these prosecutions face domestically, and denotes principle considerations that should be applied to all prosecutorial initiatives.

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  • Date: 1/1/2006

    The Legacy of Truth: Criminal Justice in the Peruvian Transition

    Author: ICTJ; Lisa Magarrell, Leonardo Filippini (editors)

    This book presents a series of essays on truth and criminal justice in Peru. It aims to contribute to analysis on how to strengthen and consolidate democracy there. The essays pay particular attention to the interests of individual victims' of human rights abuses, analyzing individual situations using sophisticated conceptual tools. They also devote attention to activist organizations, emphasizing the role of civil society in creating a strong democracy.

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  • Date: 1/1/2006

    The Anfal Trial and the Iraqi High Tribunal Update Number Three: The Defense Phase and Closing Stages of the Anfal Trial

    Author: ICTJ; Clark Gard

    This update series summarizes developments in the Anfal trial of Saddam Hussein, his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, and five other co-defendants before the Iraqi High Tribunal. It covers the trial's defense and closing phases. Five of the six defendants were sentenced to either multiple life sentences or death. Charges against the sixth defendant, al-'Aani, were dismissed for lack of evidence.

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