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Ictj in Focus 33

Ictj in Focus 33

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ICTJ In Focus 33
October 2013
In Focus
What Role Might TransitionalJustice Play in a Post-ConflictSyria?
 A newly adopted UN Security Councilresolution calls on the Syrian government to cooperate indestroying its chemical weapons arsenal, stressing that “thoseresponsible for any use of chemical weapons must be heldaccountable.” Yet, it does not provide a framework for pursuingaccountability, in the short or long term. What role mighttransitional justice play in a post-conflict Syria? Should Syria rushto prosecute war criminals once the fighting draws to a close?These are some of the pressing questions explored in ICTJ’snewest briefing paper.
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ICTJ to Kenya’s High Court: Uphold Victims’ Rights to Truth, Justice
In a legal brief submitted yesterday to Kenya’s High Court, the InternationalCenter for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) warns that striking down parts of the final report of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya(TJRC) would amount to censorship and obstruct the right of victims to an effective remedy for pastviolations.
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Taylor’s Judgment Will Impact the Course of International Justice
The significance of Charles Taylor’s judgment rendered a few days ago inThe Hague goes far beyond Taylor himself, or even the Special Court for Sierra Leone. This decision will be an unavoidable legal precedent in anyfuture deliberation of the role played by leaders and states in crimes committed by forces they supportin other countries, writes ICTJ's president David Tolbert in this op-ed.
Twenty Years Later, A Chance for Accountability in El Salvador 
For more than 20 years, the Amnesty Law has hindered El Salvador frompursuing accountability for perpetrators of serious crimes committed againstcivilians during the civil war fought between the government and leftistinsurgents in the 1980's. However, this may change in very near future. On September 20, theConstitutional Court admitted a petition claiming that the Amnesty Law passed in March 1993 –whichshielded perpetrators of serious crimes committed during the 12-year civil war– is unconstitutional.
A Reflection on ICTJ’s “Voices of Dignity”
ICTJ's documentary
Voices of Dignity 
inspired Wilson Herrera, professor of philosophy and researcher at the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, toreflect on the role of victims in a democratic society, and on the importanceof empowering them as agents of change and rights-holders, rather than relegating them to the statusof permanent victims.
Towards a Transitional Justice Strategy for Syria
This briefing paper focuses on establishing a credible approach toaccountability and human rights in a post-conflict Syria.
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