07 December 2011 by -

Brazil is booming. The economy is expanding and the country is getting ready to host the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. But the Latin American giant has not even begun dealing with its dark past, ruled by a dictatorial military regime from 1964 until 1985. 27 years later, on November 18th, President Dilma Rousseff signed a law establishing a truth commission.

By Lindy Janssen, Sao Paulo

27 September 2011 by -

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara will on Wednesday launch a promised reconciliation commission tasked with healing wounds from the west African nation's bloody post-election conflict.

The Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation (CDVR) will be inaugurated in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian political capital founded by the country's first and longtime president Felix Houphouet-Boigny (1960-1993) after independence from colonial ruler France.

26 September 2011 by Mariângela Guimarães

When I first watched ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian black comedy, at the cinema in Brazil, years after it was originally released, I was still a teenager. I remember finding it funny that black dots popped up on the screen to cover up sexual acts and parts of the body that we weren’t supposed to see. This was at the end of the 1970s and Brazil was under a military dictatorship that did things much worse than censoring film scenes. Every time I mention something from those years, like that experience at the movies, I notice that many people, and even younger Brazilians, seem to forget that the country was once ruled by a repressive regime.

10 March 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is scheduled to close at the end of February 2014 and its president, Patrick Robinson, is starting to lay the foundations for the tribunal’s legacy. Judge Robinson spoke to the IJT about what he is doing to preserve the legacy of the court.

30 March 2011 by -

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29 June 2011 by Ed Jeremy

The arrest of Ratko Mladic on 26 May signified a key victory for both the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, and the Republic of Serbia’s President, Boris Tadić. However, perhaps inevitably, after 16 years at-large, the timing of Mladic’s arrest was questioned, coming as it did on the day that the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, was visiting Serbia, and shortly before the ICTY President Judge Patrick Robinson and Prosecutor Serge Brammertz were due to update the Security Council on the ICTY’s recent work.

30 March 2011 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic

“Finally, the goal is to establish a register of victims killed from the war in Slovenia in 1991, to the war in Kosovo in 1999”, explains Natasa Kandic, a prominent human rights activist in Serbia and a founder of the Initiative for a Regional Truth Commission (RECOM).

11 April 2008 by -

A report made public on 11 March by the UN secretary-general recommends setting up a «dual mechanism for establishing crimes and responsibilities» in Burundi, with the creation of a truth commission and a special chamber within the national courts. The commission would be made up of two Burundi nationals and three international members to ensure its «objectivity, impartiality and credibility». Its temporal jurisdiction would probably run from independence in 1962 to the mid-1990s, or even the present day.

27 June 2005 by -

Burundi is to experiment transitional justice using a mixed model. On 20 June, the UN Security Council agreed to examine the recommendation made by Secretary General Kofi Annan to install a "dual mechanism to establish the facts and responsibilities" for the crimes committed in this small central- African country. Annan must now report back to the Security Council before 30 September on the cost and implications of setting up two complementary institutions - a truth commission and a special chamber within the national justice system.

21 November 2005 by -

"As we have persistently done during the last 15 years, we reiterate our call for the establishment of a TRC to investigate all human rights violations committed in opposition to Namibian independence and in the name of achieving such independence." Following the Namibian authorities' November 14 announcement of the discovery of a mass grave dating back to the apartheid era, the executive director of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), Phil ya Nangoloh, reopened the debate on confronting Namibia with its past in a statement reported by the IRIN agency.


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