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International Center for Transitional Justice

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Award Year: 2009
Focus Area(s) Addressed: Peace and Human Security

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We cannot afford to ignore the abuses of the past. In the aftermath of mass atrocities or the brutal repression of a dictatorship, societies devastated by massive human rights violations must address the legacy of those abuses or they will be doomed to a perpetual cycle of violence. The International Center for Transitional Justice is the premiere organization assisting societies to pursue accountability and redress for victims through war crimes trials, truth commissions, institutional reform, and reparations programs.

Its work in more than 50 countries over the last ten years has shown that societies in transition can build a future founded on justice – and ICTJ’s mission is to assist them in their undertakings. Working with governments, victims groups, and civil society activists, ICTJ provides technical expertise and support to often-difficult, long-term efforts to build a lasting, fair, and sustainable peace.

From Nepal to Kenya to Tunisia, new opportunities to consolidate peace through justice continue to emerge – and ICTJ remains ready to provide support wherever people demand an end to impunity for violating their human rights.

IMPACT AS OF AUG. 2013:

  • In Colombia, ICTJ is advising authorities on how to provide justice for thousands of victims of the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running civil war. It is providing assistance to tribunals and prosecutors to reveal the complexity of criminal structures and working with civil society and other stakeholders on a possible future truth commission.
  • As Tunisia prepares to vote on a new constitution, the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice has partnered with ICTJ in building a legal framework for efforts to address the crimes of the deposed Ben Ali regime. It is advising Tunisia’s government, civil society, and victims groups as they decide how reparations for victims of the revolution will be defined and determine what kind of truth seeking they need.
  • ICTJ works in a number of countries to transform transitional justice norms and practices to ensure that women are included, every step of the way. It is producing new research on how serious human rights abuses like enforced disappearance affect women, and in places such as Nepal, Tunisia, and Colombia, it provides guidance on how initiatives like reparations programs can redress the harms suffered by women.
  • ICTJ is leading the field in understanding how children and youth can participate in transitional justice processes. It is helping youth voices to be heard in places like Canada, Kenya, and Cote d’Ivoire as different justice measures look to address violence against children and the intergenerational transfer of trauma. In Tunisia, ICTJ works to ensure that the young people who took part in the revolution are equally invested in the next steps for truth and justice in their country.
  • In the DRC, ICTJ works with the Ministry of Justice and international donors to build capacity for the legal system to prosecute serious international crimes. It partners with women’s rights organizations to end the ongoing commission of sexual violence by security forces.
  • In Myanmar, ICTJ works with local human rights activists and organizations to help them document human rights abuses that have gone unchecked for decades. As more political prisoners are released, ICTJ’s trainings provide a rights-based framework for them to seek justice for mistreatment or torture they experienced while in detention.
  • Learn more: http://ictj.org/about

ICTJ’s podcast is available on iTunes and www.ICTJ.org. This bimonthly podcast features leaders in human rights, international justice, rule of law and related fields discussing justice and accountability in transitional contexts around the world.

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