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ICTJ In Focus 27
February 2013

In Focus
ICTJ Program Report: Gender Justice
In this edition of ICTJ's Program report, Kelli Mudell, director of ICTJ's Gender Justice program, reflects on ICTJ’s vision of gender justice, the challenges facing survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in times of transition, and how ICTJ is working to address inequality in countries like Colombia, Nepal, and Tunisia.
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Maine Truth Commission to Tell Story of Forced Assimilation of Wabanaki Children Maine’s foster care system was intended to act in the best interests of all children. But for indigenous children removed from their communities and placed with white families, often without the consent of their parents or tribes, the foster care system caused the painful loss of their cultural identity and traumatic severing from their heritage.
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Transitional Justice and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights Indigenous rights are increasingly being addressed through different transitional justice measures, and ICTJ is actively involved in the discourse on how truth commissions and other transitional justice mechanisms can help the struggle for the rights of indigenous people.
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Ríos Montt Genocide Trial Marks New Phase in Guatemala’s Struggle for Truth and Justice The decision of a judge in Guatemala City to send former military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt to trial on charges of genocide and war crimes is a watershed moment in the country’s complex journey towards a genuine respect for the rule of law. This genocide trial - the first genuine attempt anywhere to prosecute a former head of state in his own country on charges of genocide – has the potential to shatter a significant part of the wall of denial that surrounds Guatemala. For that to happen, the trial must be fair and free of intimidation, argues ICTJ Vice President Paul Seils in this op-ed.
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Transitional Justice Will Help Syria, But Not As a Quick Fix Recent proposals on using transitional justice as a means of stabilizing Syria in the aftermath of the eventual fall of the Assad regime— including by providing incentives for loyalists to give up a possible ‘fight to the death’ in Damascus — are a significant development in the debate on Syria. As Syrian groups and international actors gathered as “Friends of Syria” consider these proposals, it is of paramount importance to be clear about what is meant by transitional justice.
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ICTJ signs cooperation agreement with Tunisian Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) signed a cooperation agreement with the Tunisian government on January 16 to provide further technical assistance in establishing transitional justice mechanisms in the country. The development comes two years after protests forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down and flee the country in January 2011.
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Publications
Unredressed Legacy: Possible Policy Options and Approaches to Fulfilling Reparations in Uganda
There is now an opportunity to design and implement a reparations program for victims of human rights and humanitarian law violations in Uganda. As with other countries emerging from conflict, the contours of a Ugandan reparations policy have been the subject of extended debate and generated high expectations.

Upcoming Events
February 27 - March 01, 2013

Expert Seminar on Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples
Location: New York, NY View Details

April 24 - 27, 2013 View Report

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: National Event
Location: Montreal, Quebec View Details

Seeking Options for the Right to Truth in Nepal
This briefing paper sets out the obligations of the state and international best practice with respect to the right to truth, both as a key element of a transitional justice strategy and as a critical component of providing effective remedy to victims of gross violations of human rights and grave breaches of humanitarian law.
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