National Prosecutions


The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has finally endorsed the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court. The TRC report was completed in 2009, but it took the National Legislature over a decade to agree on its implementation.

The decision was reached following tense debate among 94 delegates at the end of the LNBA General Assembly. During the event, 86 out of the 94 voted for the implementation of the document. Four voted against implementation and four abstained from the process.


A report by the Instance Verité et Dignité (IVD), or Truth and Dignity Commission, details President Beji Caid Essebsi’s alleged responsibility for crimes committed while serving as a minister in the regime of Habib Bourguiba. It also alleges extensive corruption by the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, his extended family, and wider network, including the misuse of public funds, enforced disappearances, and torture committed under his rule.


Prosecutors in Uganda’s first war crimes case allege that Thomas Kwoyelo, a colonel in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and his men, abducted children, stole animals, and massacred civilians. He pleads not guilty on all 93 counts, which include charges for murder, rape, and enslavement.


Only one former British paratrooper is to be charged in connection with the killings of civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest days of sectarian violence between Northern Ireland and the UK known as the Troubles. The decision drew dismay and calls for accountability from the families who lost loved ones more than 40 years ago. Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service announced the decision after relatives of the 13 people who died on Bloody Sunday marched together through the streets of Derry, where the victims fell, as a symbol of their demand for justice.

Senior Expert, Programs



 The International Criminal Court is likely to continue investigating President Rodrigo Duterte for alleged crimes against humanity even after the Philippines' withdrawal from the tribunal takes effect a week from now, a rights lawyer said Sunday.

The Hague-based ICC launched last year a preliminary examination into Duterte's supposed role in the alleged death squad killings in Davao City, where he ruled as mayor for over 2 decades. He is facing a separate complaint before the court over his anti-narcotics drive that has killed thousands.


In December 2018, we mourned the loss of ICTJ's founder, Alex Boraine. On December 12, Fernando Travesí sat down for an intimate conversation with Vincent Mai—ICTJ’s first chairman—to learn more about a life that we will continue to commemorate in the months and years to come.


The Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG16+ calls on the international community, including policymakers, donors, and practitioners, to:


On February 8, at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the high-level international Task Force on Justice will meet to finalize its report on increasing access to justice for people and communities around the world—or reducing the “justice gap”—as an integral element of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Head of Office, Côte d’Ivoire


On January 15, 2019, victims of the 2010-2011 post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire were shocked, yet again, to learn that the Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court in The Hague had acquitted former President Laurent Gbagbo and the former Youth Minister Charles Blé Goudé of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the crisis.


On January 24, peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) opened in Khartoum. Brokered by the African Union (AU), the dialogue brings together government representatives and 14 armed groups. Difficult negotiations lie ahead, partly because several transitional justice initiatives have already gotten off the ground in recent months.