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ICTJ In Focus 33
October 2013

In Focus
What Role Might Transitional Justice Play in a Post-Conflict Syria?
A newly adopted UN Security Council resolution calls on the Syrian government to cooperate in destroying its chemical weapons arsenal, stressing that “those responsible for any use of chemical weapons must be held accountable.” Yet, it does not provide a framework for pursuing accountability, in the short or long term. What role might transitional justice play in a post-conflict Syria? Should Syria rush to prosecute war criminals once the fighting draws to a close? These are some of the pressing questions explored in ICTJ’s newest 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 International Center 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 past violations.


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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 in The Hague goes far beyond Taylor himself, or even the Special Court for Sierra Leone. This decision will be an unavoidable legal precedent in any future deliberation of the role played by leaders and states in crimes committed by forces they support in 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 from pursuing accountability for perpetrators of serious crimes committed against civilians during the civil war fought between the government and leftist insurgents in the 1980's. However, this may change in very near future. On September 20, the Constitutional Court admitted a petition claiming that the Amnesty Law passed in March 1993 –which shielded 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, to reflect on the role of victims in a democratic society, and on the importance of empowering them as agents of change and rights-holders, rather than relegating them to the status of permanent victims.

Towards a Transitional Justice Strategy for Syria
This briefing paper focuses on establishing a credible approach to accountability and human rights in a post-conflict Syria.
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Upcoming Events
October 11, 2013

Brazil: Amnesty, Transitional Justice and the Legacies of Dictatorship
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Lebanon’s Legacy of Political Violence
This report compiles information on hundreds of incidents of serious human rights violations that occurred in Lebanon from 1975 to 2008, including mass killings, enforced disappearances, assassinations, forced displacement, and the shelling of civilian areas.
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Inside International Justice
Location: The Hague, Netherlands View Details

November 27 - 29, 2013

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Legal Frames of Memory: Transitional Justice in Central and Eastern Europe
Location: Warsaw, Poland View Details

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