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Transitional Justice

What Yemen's Donors Need to Know

Belkis Wille | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Belkis Wille

The Friends of Yemen are in a position to wield significant influence, given their crucial financial support for Yemen's failing economy, but they aren't doing enough to address the human rights abuses that lie at the core of Yemen's problems.

Those Hiding Truth About Disappeared Are Enemies of Humanity

Paul Seils | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Paul Seils

No state or faction has a justifiable reason to keep the information of what they did a secret. The law, and more importantly the most basic concepts of human decency and human dignity demand it.

Making Justice a Reality Where It Counts

Paul Seils | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Seils

Citizens must see social institutions at work in their home countries, as it is there that courts can repudiate wrongdoing and reaffirm the most fundamental elements of the contract that binds a society together. It is there that having the dignity of a citizen can have its fullest meaning.

Breaking Iraq's Cycle of Destruction

Freedom House | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Freedom House

The sad truth of the present situation is that the current Iraqi leadership effectively paved the way for ISIL's deadly ascent through policies that actively aggravated sectarian rifts and undermined the resilience of security forces.

'Tunisian Spring' Continues, But Challenges Remain

David Tolbert | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
David Tolbert

The launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in June marks a turning point in Tunisia's transition -- a groundbreaking step toward justice in a country that has experienced many human rights abuses, particularly during the reign of its last dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Absence of Accountability Key Obstacle to Democratic Transitions in Middle East and North Africa

David Tolbert | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
David Tolbert

What are the obstacles to democratic transition in the Arab world? It is a critical question, as the lives and well-being of millions of people are at stake.

Political Inclusiveness: The Key Word for Arab Spring Nations

Sasha Toperich | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Sasha Toperich

By all means, prosecute those who committed crimes and defrauded the country -- on an individual basis. Avoid the mistake of collective punishment.

Three Years Since Revolution, Tunisia Seeks to Reckon With Difficult Past

David Tolbert | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
David Tolbert

While those in Western countries may wonder what is meant by "transitional justice," in societies emerging from a period of mass abuse -- such as systematic torture, massive disappearances and crimes against humanity -- the question of how to address past abuses is an urgent one, particularly for victims.

Bangladesh: Baptism By Fire

Atif Choudhury | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

Bangladesh is fast becoming a nation in crisis, perennially at war with itself. Opposition thugs have adopted guerrilla tactics designed to bring a nation to its knees, while the state has often been baited to respond with deadly force against its own citizens.

To Build Peace, Seek Truth About the Past

David Tolbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
David Tolbert

Commissions cannot be established as a cosmetic measure without attention to lessons learned or human rights principles. On the contrary, they must be firmly anchored in the recognition that victims of gross human rights violations and their societies have a right to know the truth.

Beyond Containment: Working for Accountability in Syria

David Tolbert | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
David Tolbert

The international community cannot justify accepting the status quo in which scores of civilians are dying daily, nor will Syrians settle for impunity for these horrendous crimes.

The Shutdown in Taiwan: Ma Ying-jeou's Peculiar Obsession

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Why would Ma seek to pursue a policy at odds with principles of mercy and justice when it seems on the verge of resigning his own party to history?

Enforced Disappearances: The Search for Justice Often Has a Woman's Face

David Tolbert | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
David Tolbert

Today, the International Day of the Disappeared focuses attention on victims of enforced disappearance, including the mothers, wives, sisters, family members and communities who are left behind to pick up the pieces after a disappearance.

Waiting for Truth and Justice in Nepal

Tracy Fehr | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tracy Fehr

For the thousands of conflict-affected widows -- such as Sita and Radha -- and their families, amnesty is not an option. The Supreme Court must end the culture of impunity that has so far defined Nepal's post-conflict transition.