Various mechanisms, same principles

27 January 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

David Tolbert, currently serving as Registrar for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, will take over as president of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) on March 2nd. The ICTJ works to redress and prevent severe human rights violations by confronting legacies of mass abuse.

What will be your first priority when you start at the ICTJ?
I want to build on the work the centre has already done on truth telling on truth commissions, truth and reconciliation commissions, reparations and related issues. I think there are some really important issues to be dealt with, in terms of international justice, the hybrid courts and, in particular in terms of complementarity. But I would like to focus also on the International Criminal Court and the issue of complementarity and on how that can work with domestic courts and prosecutions.

Of course, there are some situations I want to look at in terms of what is happening in real time. We have a situation in Guinea which is very serious and also in Sri Lanka, where they had a conflict and many victims. ICTJ is very concerned about the plight of victims and their role in truth-telling, international courts and receiving reparations.

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