ICTJ: a decade of justice

27 April 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Created in 2001, the ICTJ works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse.

Following an international conference organised by the ICTJ in Tunis earlier this month, David Tolbert, ICTJ President, explains the work of the organisation and its focus for the future.

What was the outcome of the Tunisia Conference?

We were able to bring together civil society and government actors to discuss transitional justice, as well as experts with comparative experience on transitional justice. The conference dealt with misunderstandings about transitional justice mechanisms. This gave the participants a good platform to address accountability, non-repetition and security sector reform, which will be important elements of the transition in Tunisia, as well as reparations, victims’ rights, and truth. It also had a broader regional dimension because there were representatives of Egypt and other parts of the region as well attending the conference.

How has the ICTJ changed since it started?

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