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New ICTJ Guide Explains How to Prevent Applying for Reparations from Becoming a Burden on Victims

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:34:11 +0000


For millions of victims around the world, claiming reparations for serious human rights violations often begins with an application form. Yet, filling out these forms and attempting to register for benefits can become a bureaucratic ordeal that provides neither meaningful relief nor justice for victims. A new guide from the International Center for Transitional Justice aims to change that. It offers lessons to those working on reparations programs on how to engage victims and collect the information they need in order to deliver effective, far-reaching reparations.

In Syria, YouTube and Facebook are removing evidence of atrocities, jeopardizing cases against war criminals.

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:59:08 +0000

Social media companies can, and do, remove content with little regard for its evidentiary value. First-hand accounts of extrajudicial killings, ethnic cleansing, and the targeting of civilians by armies can disappear with little warning, sometimes before investigators notice. When groups do realize potential evidence has been erased, recovering it can be a kafkaesque ordeal.

Groups protest shelving of transitional justice bill

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:56:24 +0000

Victims of political persecution yesterday urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to expedite passage of a transitional justice bill and give justice to aging survivors of the White Terror era, instead of delaying it in favor of budget bills.
A draft bill on the promotion of transitional justice that was proposed on April 1 last year calls for the establishment of an agency to tackle the issue, declassify political archives, seek to uncover the truth, restore the reputation of political victims, remove authoritarian symbols and settle ill-gotten party asset issues.

Rural protests erupt across Colombia, blocking major trade route

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:03:58 +0000

Outraged by governments failures to honor a peace deal with the FARC, rural communities across Colombia have initiated a ‘national strike’ demanding widespread solutions to poverty, violence and drug trafficking.

The strike is the most far-reaching since 2013 when farmers took to the streets decrying abject poverty and negative economic effects of a free trade agreement with the United States.

Peace and Reconciliation Walk held in Mullaitivu

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:49:43 +0000

Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with World Concern organized a Peace and Reconciliation Walk with a participation of over 6500 school children from 71 villages including Martimepattu, Welioya, Oddusuddan, Puthukkudiyiruppu D. S. Divisions in Mullaitivu District recently focusing on peace and harmony while emphasizing on protection of children and lobby for their rights including differently abled children.

Aoun visits Chouf on reconciliation anniversary

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:59:04 +0000

President Michel Aoun Sunday visited Chouf on the 16th anniversary of the reconciliation between the Christian and Druze communities in Mount Lebanon

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Cote d'Ivoire: ICC Judges Ordered to Review Laurent Gbagbo's Detention

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:24:32 +0000

International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals judges have ordered a review into whether Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president, should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues on crimes-against-humanity charges.

Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski on Wednesday struck down a decision by trial judges denying the 72-year-old Gbagbo interim release.

Gbagbo has been in The Hague-based ICC's detention unit since late 2011 and will remain jailed pending the review.

Dutch Dust Off 'Painful' Nazi Bunkers for Tourism and Healing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:38:11 +0000

Just behind The Hague’s sandy beaches under the dunes lie dozens of Nazi bunkers built during World War II which the Dutch are now dusting off to attract tourists and to help heal lingering scars.

Once buried under heaps of sand and rubble, this network of bunkers and tunnels is a remnant of Hitler’s “Atlantikwall,” a coastal defense stretching 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles) from northern Norway to southern France.

Un sueño loable: la tenaz búsqueda de la justicia en Guatemala

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 23:07:33 +0000


¿Llevar al general Ríos Montt y a otros destacados mandos militares a juicio por genocidio ante los tribunales guatemaltecos? En este Día Internacional de la Justicia, recorre el largo camino a la justicia en Guatemala que llevó hasta el histórico juicio.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Calls for End to Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:22:30 +0000

The UN’s top human rights official has marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories by calling for its quick end, insisting that such an outcome would benefit both sides.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the Jordanian prince and UN high commissioner for human rights, echoed the strong language of the UN secretary general, António Guterres, who earlier this week condemned the occupation’s “heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people”, which he said had “fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution”.

La Comisión de la Verdad (CEV): fundamental para las víctimas y la transición en Colombia

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:20:18 +0000


El ICTJ presentó un amicus curiae analizando el decreto que estipula la organización y el funcionamiento de la Comisión de la Verdad. Estos son los puntos más relevantes de nuestro análisis.

Iraqis demand compensation after US probe into Mosul strike

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:25:20 +0000

Iraqi officials demanded compensation from the U.S.-led coalition following an investigation into a March 17 airstrike in which the Pentagon acknowledged a U.S. bomb targeting Islamic State group fighters in Mosul set off a series of explosions that killed more than 100 civilians.

However, several residents of the Mosul neighborhood told The Associated Press on Friday there were no IS fighters or explosives inside the house struck by the U.S. bomb.

Colombia reafirma su compromiso con la verdad y la memoria con la creación de la Comisión de la Verdad y la Unidad de Búsqueda de Desaparecidos

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:40:53 +0000


El ICTJ celebra el compromiso de Colombia con la verdad y la memoria, materializado ayer con la firma de los decretos leyes que crean la Comisión para el Esclarecimiento de la Verdad, la Convivencia y la No Repetición, y la Unidad Especial para la Búsqueda de Personas dadas por Desaparecidas en el marco del conflicto armado.

De las tierras al genocidio: La lucha por la justicia del pueblo mapuche en Argentina

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:44:58 +0000


Conversamos con Fernando Kosovsky, del Grupo de Apoyo Jurídico por el Acceso a la Tierra (GAJAT), sobre las estrategias judiciales y no judiciales que están desarrollando para reivindicar el derecho a la justicia, la verdad y la reparación del pueblo mapuche.

El ICTJ designa al líder de derechos humanos Juan E. Méndez como su delegado para el Comité de Escogencia

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:01:33 +0000


ha designado al destacado jurista y experto en derechos humanos Juan E. Méndez como su delegado para el Comité de Escogencia creado por el acuerdo de paz entre el Gobierno de Colombia y las FARC-EP en 2016.

El ICTJ pide clarificaciones antes de nombrar a su delegado para el Comité de Escogencia

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:43:07 +0000


El ICTJ ya ha aceptado formalmente la invitación de nombrar a un delegado para formar parte del Comité de Escogencia. Sin embargo, la decisión sobre quién será el delegado del ICTJ sigue pendiente.

Ivory Coast Strikes Deal To End Mutiny, But Turmoil Reportedly Persists

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:57:23 +0000

A two-day mutiny among soldiers in the Ivory Coast has come to an end, according to the country's president. Alassane Ouattara announced Saturday that the government has struck a deal with the mutineers.

The revolt, which began Friday in Bouaké, the country's second-largest city, soon spread to cities and towns nationwide. By Saturday, parts of the Ivory Coast's largest city, Abidjan, were on lockdown, as gunfire was reported at the military base on the edge of the city.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties.

15 años del ICTJ: Unas palabras del presidente David Tolbert

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:59:26 +0000


Súmese al presidente David Tolbert en la celebración de los 15 años del ICTJ, durante los cuales ha habido muchos momentos trascendentales, para nuestra organización y para la lucha mundial por la justicia.

Las disculpas públicas: mucho más que palabras para sociedades en busca de la paz

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:01:56 +0000


Los actos públicos de disculpa y de reconocimiento de responsabilidades son una importante forma de reparación. Pero, ¿qué hace que las disculpas por abusos de derechos humanos puedan ser realmente significativas? Un nuevo informe del ICTJ analiza varios casos de disculpas públicas que han tenido lugar en América Latina, África y Asia relacionadas con violaciones de derechos humanos y crímenes de guerra.

El nuevo acuerdo consolida el camino hacia la paz en Colombia

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:29:42 +0000


ICTJ celebra que el Gobierno de Colombia y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) hayan logrado acordar una serie de modificaciones en el acuerdo de paz, respondiendo a los resultados del plebiscito celebrado el 2 de octubre, en el que los votos contrarios al acuerdo superaron a los votos a favor.