National Prosecutions


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.


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.