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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.

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Dr. Alex Boraine, founder of the ICTJ, was larger than life. In his long career, he touched the lives of thousands in his beloved South Africa and around the world. 


"If it weren't for Alex Boraine, the institute for a democratic alternative would not have existed in South Africa."

This is according to Paul Graham, former executive director of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), an organisation Boraine founded in 1986 with Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, in "a formidable partnership", Graham said. 

Boraine died in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 87. 


This report aims to help practitioners in the transitional justice field to understand the experience of establishing and operating hybrid courts and to address some common assumptions about these entities. To do so, it looks at hybrid or mixed courts in practice, drawing on experiences in five different contexts: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, and Timor-Leste. 

Date published: 
Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:00


NEW YORK – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has awarded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) a grant of 40 million Swedish kronor to implement its Strategic Plan 2018-2022. During this period, ICTJ will respond to the growing demand for its services from countries in transition to democracy, as well as contexts where conflict or political repression are ongoing.


Philippines congresswoman Imelda Marcos, the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, on Thursday withdrew her candidacy for the governorship of the Ilocos Norte region after her conviction for graft made her ineligible to hold public office. On November 9, the anti-corruption court found Imelda Marcos, 89, guilty of seven counts of corruption while she was the governor of Manila (1975-86) and sentenced her to between 6 and 11 years in prison for each charge.


The conviction of a former Guatemalan soldier involved in the mass killing of villagers in an infamous massacre during the country’s civil war has been welcomed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. Spokesperson Liz Throssell told journalists in Geneva that the ruling against Santos López Alonso—one of only six military personnel to have been convicted—was “another important step” for transitional justice in Guatemala.


During a forum held in Bogotá, Colombia, on November 1, 2018, ICTJ launched the Spanish-language version of its Handbook on Complementarity: An Introduction to the Role of National Courts and the ICC in Prosecuting International Crimes. The Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), James Kirkpatrick Stewart, gave the keynote address.