National Prosecutions


Alberto Fujimori returned to prison on Wednesday to finish the remaining 13 years of his 25-year sentence for human rights crimes in Peru. Fujimori has been in prison since 2009 for human rights crimes committed by death squads under his regime. He was pardoned for his health in 2017 by former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, but the pardon was overturned in 2018 by Peruvian Supreme Court Judge Hugo Nunez.

Head of Office, Colombia


In little less than 10 months, Colombia has witnessed the creation of a completely new jurisdiction, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). JEP has already opened two cases and three situations in its Chamber for the Acknowledgment of Truth and Responsibility.


In 2018, Montenegrin prosecutors failed to secure a single conviction in any war crimes case. Although Montenegro was, in every sense, the smallest of all the former Yugoslav republics, and saw no war on its soil, the heavy legacy of the wars of the 1990s is still something with which its society remains uncomfortable.


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.