Bosnian victims protesting outside the ICTY during the Karadzic judgement. The banner reads: 'Truth sometimes sleeps but never dies' (Photo: Joost van Egmond)
24 May 2016 by Joost van Egmond

“Finally, good news from The Hague!” famously cried the then Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic at the acquittal on appeal of former Yugoslav army commander Momcilo Perisic by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. For him, and for the government he represented, this counted as vindication of Belgrade’s actions during the war. The fact that Serbia as a state had already been held partly responsible by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the very crimes this individual was tried for, was swept under the carpet [IJT-63].

24 February 2010 by -

The Liberian Senate has for the second time rejected six individuals nominated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to serve as commissioners on the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia (INHCR).

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The creation of the INHCR was mandated in 2005 to promote and protect human rights in post-conflict Liberia, and oversee implementation of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) final report. The TRC catalogued human rights abuses committed during Liberia’s two decades of conflict.

12 September 2011 by -

The head of the Ivory Coast's newly formed truth and reconciliation panel visited the diaspora in Senegal on Sunday to explain his mission to reunite the country torn apart by post-poll violence.

"We need to talk ... we need to admit we have turned a dark page," Charles Konan Banny, a former Ivorian prime minister, told his country's nationals in Dakar.

06 September 2006 by -

After 18 months of public hearings, including some 2000 testimonies, the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) in Ghana is ready to draft its report on human rights violations committed since independence in 1957. Much of the focus has been on the reign of the previous president Jerry Rawlings from the years 1981 to 2000. The NRC, which lacks the power to bring charges against suspected wrongdoers, aims to establish an accurate historical record of crimes committed by those linked to the state.