National Prosecutions


Prominent US human rights lawyers are suing the Trump administration over an executive order they say has gagged them and halted their work pursuing justice on behalf of war crimes victims around the world. As a result of the order in June, which threaten “serious consequences” for anyone giving support to the work of the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague, the lawyers say they have had to cancel speeches and presentations, end research, and abandon writing ICC-related articles and dispensing advice and assistance to victims of atrocities.

Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs


On September 14, the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) publicly apologized to the victims of the kidnappings they perpetrated during the armed conflict. This unprecedented public declaration from a non-state armed group merits reflection from both the perspective of the transitional justice field as a whole and its implications for Colombia.


A Brazilian government-appointed investigation found that Volkswagen was one of several corporations that secretly collaborated with the 1964-1985 military government to identify suspected “subversives” and trade unionists. The investigation found that workers were considered “enemies of the state.” They were fired, arrested, or harassed by the police, and subsequently blacklisted for decades.  


The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office made its first arrest on Thursday, detaining former Kosovo Liberation Army officer Salih Mustafa in the Llap region of northeast Kosovo, the Hague-based prosecution announced.


New York—ICTJ closed its office in Côte d’Ivoire on July 1 after eight years of operation due to several factors including a lack of political will in the government and difficulty securing funding. Although a sad moment for the organization, ICTJ is proud of its achievements in the country and remains confident that its local many partners will continue to advance justice. 


Following the recent closure of ICTJ's office in Côte d’Ivoire, we caught up with Head of the Office Mohamed Suma and Senior Expert Cristián Correa to reflect on ICTJ’s work in the country and with victims, women, and youth, as well as the reasons why ICTJ has chosen to scale down its activities.


As UN member states convene virtually this week for the annual General Assembly, they will likely focus on a narrow list of agenda items, topped by issues related to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and a global economic downturn. For this reason, ICTJ would like to recall the vital importance of justice for global peace, security, health, and development by sharing findings from an analysis of the open debate on transitional justice that the UN Security Council held on February 13, 2020, as part of its peacebuilding and sustaining peace agenda.


Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested nine men on Wednesday on suspicion of committing crimes against Bosniak civilians in the village of Novoseoci in the Sokolac municipality during wartime in 1992. The crimes they are accused of include the killing of 44 Bosniak civilians. 


In an open letter signed by groups including the United States-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, Genocide Watch, and the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, on Tuesday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to launch an investigation.

Sixteen individuals co-signed the letter and assert that there is “mounting evidence” of crimes against humanity and genocide occurring in Xinjiang. This open letter only adds to the growing international pressure on China’s government over its actions in Xinjiang.