National Prosecutions


With just one month remaining before its extended tenure expires, the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) has completed the first-phase of a detailed investigation into 85 percent of the complaints that it received. In the first phase of the detailed probe, evidence and testimonies are collected from victims, and reparation and ante-mortem data forms are completed. In the second phase, statements of alleged perpetrators are collected.


The Libyan Public Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant of the Chairman of the Wattan Party Abdelhakim Belhaj and the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard Ibrahim Jadran. The warrants included four other Libyan persons and 31 Chadian names from the Rebel Groups in Chad.


Commissioners and senior staff of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in The Gambia held a three-day working meeting to prepare for the start of hearings on January 7th 2019. During the meeting the commission’s legal team, in collaboration with the Research and Investigations Unit, guided commissioners on the development of rules of procedure for the TRRC.


As the work of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission winds down, ICTJ's Salwa El Gantri and Kelli Muddell discuss some of the challenges and successes of its work and their vision for transparent, participatory processes to advance Tunisia’s transitional justice mandate in the short and long term.

Program Associate


Many countries have endured a violent past or a dictatorship that left behind a trail of human rights violations. During transitions to peaceful societies or democracies, there is a need to address that painful past to ensure that the violations do not recur in future. While some countries have made or are making laudable efforts to deal with the atrocities of the past, others like Kenya are regrettably still at the phase of wishing the painful past away.


The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court on Friday found Milorad Radakovic and Goran Pejic not guilty of war crimes. Radakovic and Pejic had been accused of going to the village of Tukovi near Prijedor on June 13, 1992, when one of the defendants killed three members of the Ecimovic family in one house and then both opened fire in a second house, killing two more members of the family. Radakovic is a former reservist policeman, while Pejic is a former member of an unidentified military or police formation. They were originally acquitted in May this year.


After four years working “under fire” and interviewing almost 50,000 witnesses, Tunisia's commission is tasked with serving justice to victims of half a century of dictatorship is poised to submit its recommendations. Set up in 2014 following the 2011 revolution and in the wake of dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's fall, the Truth and Dignity Commissionhas sought to “reveal the truth about the human rights violations” in Tunisia from 1955 to 2013.


South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his deputy Wani Igga have joined a campaign seeking to reunite and reconcile South Sudanese people torn apart by a five-year conflict. Using pre-recorded audio messages aired on local radio stations, the leaders of the world’s youngest nation are urging the people of South Sudan to embrace forgiveness to pave way for nationwide reconciliation.


Amid confusion over another extension of their term, two transitional justice bodies in Nepal have decided to wrap up by presenting a progress report and recorded complaints to the government if the administration denies them more time for looking into the insurgency-era cases of atrocities. Though the term of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) expires on February 9, the government is still undecided whether to extend their terms or to restructure them.


Evidence of war crimes committed by the Syrian government is the strongest collected since the Nazis were tried in Nuremberg, according to the chairman of Commission for International Justice and Accountability Stephen Rapp. In an interview with The World Today, the war crimes prosecutor and former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues said that his organization has accessed more than 750,000 pages of documents that record the atrocities committed by the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.