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Practitioner Perspectives on Transitional Justice: Tunisia
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Schkolne, Maya. 2015. Practitioner Perspectives on Transitional Justice: Tunisia. Cape Town: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection.

Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies: Conceptual Foundations and Debates
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Brankovic, Jasmina, and Hugo van der Merwe. 2014. “Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies: Conceptual Foundations and Debates,” in Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process. Davao City: forumZFD Philippines.

Part of a publication that outlines transitional justice in the context of the current Bangsamoro peace process in the Philippines, this chapter provides a brief overview of the conceptual evolution of transitional justice. It then discusses challenges likely to be met in post-conflict transitional settings - namely, multiple armed groups, legal pluralism, ethnic and religious tensions, socioeconomic marginalization, and gender inequality - along with some of the strategies used to address these challenges.

Transitional Justice and Human Rights
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Van der Merwe, Hugo, and Jasmina Brankovic. 2014. “Transitional Justice and Human Rights,” in SAGE Handbook of Human Rights, ed. Anja Mihr and Mark Gibney. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Presenting a brief, political history of transitional justice, this chapter shows the ways in which transitional justice is caught between international human rights' normative claims and local norms and constraints regarding delivering justice. The chapter was published in the SAGE Handbook of Human Rights, a two-volume set that analyses human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance.

When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion: A treasure trove of ideas and excercises for spinning a web of enhanced relationships
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Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. 2013.  When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion: A treasure trove of ideas and excercises for spinning a web of enhanced relationships. Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights: Johannesburg.

Accountability and National Reconciliation in South Africa (in English and Spanish)
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Brankovic, Jasmina. 2013. "Accountability and National Reconciliation in South Africa." Ediciones Infojus: Derechos Humanos 2, no. 4: 55-86.(Click here for Spanish-language version)An exploration of the extent of accountability and reconciliation arrived at to date in South Africa calls for a look not only at the agenda and impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission but also at the role played by state and other structures after 1994. This article suggests that accountability and reconciliation have been limited, although the responsibility for this may lie more with choices made after the TRC was established than with the commission’s work itself. This article was written for a special journal issue on the 30th anniversary of  Argentina's truth commission, which includes reflections on the South African TRC.

How others have done it: A desk study of community projects related to torture, Appendix C
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Bantjes, Megan. 2011. How others have done it: A desk study of community projects related to torture, Appendix C. Johannesburg: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.With the aim of informing CSVR's development of a community work model to address torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, this desk study examines six community projects conducted in South Africa and in other countries. Details of four of the interventions were found in the literature and information about two projects was gathered in interviews with the staff involved. Each intervention is discussed in terms of six questions that have been found useful for thinking about community work (see Questions about community work, Appendix B). The objectives of CSVR’s community work on torture - transformation, prevention and amelioration - provide the framework for considering the implications of each of these projects for CSVR's development of a model.

Pan-African Reparation Perspectives: Special Bulletin on Reparation for Victims of Torture in Africa.
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APDH, EIPR, CSVR, PRAWA, REDRESS. 2013. Pan-African Reparation Perspectives: Special Bulletin on Reparation for Victims of Torture in Africa. Issue 1, 26 June 2013. Actions pour la Protection des Droits de ’Homme’, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action, REDRESS.

Perspectives Panafricaines sur la Réparation : Bulletin spécial sur la réparation pour les victimes de la torture en Afrique.
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APDH, EIPR, CSVR, PRAWA, REDRESS. 2013. Perspectives Panafricaines sur la Réparation : Bulletin spécial sur la réparation pour les victimes de la torture en Afrique. Numéro 1 - 26 juin 2013. Actions pour la Protection des Droits de ’Homme’, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action, REDRESS.

Advocating Justice. Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa
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Brankovic, J. (August 2010). Advocating Justice. Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa. Workshop report. CSVR & African Transitional Justice Research Network (pdf 692Kb)

 

Abstract: The “Advocating Justice” workshop brought together Africa-based practitioners and scholars to share experiences and evaluate African civil society’s advocacy for transitional justice on the continent. Drawing on workshop papers and discussions on strategies used in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, this report examines and highlights local organisations’ central role in shaping transitional justice agendas in Africa.

Advocating Justice : Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa
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In 2010, the “Advocating Justice” workshop brought together Africa-based practitioners and scholars to share experiences and evaluate African civil society’s advocacy for transitional justice on the continent. Discussing case studies from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the participants highlighted the central role local organisations play in shaping transitional justice agendas in Africa. The workshop was hosted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation on behalf of the African Transitional Justice Research Network.

 

The workshop discussions are summarised in the report, Advocating Justice: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa.

 

Case studies:

Sierra Leone: A Long and Difficult Journey to Reconciliation - The Role of Civil Society, by John Caulker, Fambul Tok International

Liberia Case Study, by Ezekiel Pajibo, Independent Researcher

Centring Women’s Rights in Transitional Justice Processes in Northern Uganda: FIDA-Uganda’s Experience, by Kihika Sarah Kasande, FIDA-Uganda

The Coalition for Reconciliation in Uganda: Important Lessons for Proactive Civil Society Engagement in Catalysing Transitional Justice Discourse, by Stephen Oola, Advocate

Kenya Case Study, by Njonjo Mue, International Center for Transitional Justice, Kenya

Reparations Advocacy: The Case of Khulumani Support Group, by Shirley Gunn, Human Rights Media Centre

The Unfinished Business - The Case of Victims’ Unrelenting Search for Justice in Kenya, by Wachira Waheire, National Victims Network, and Davis Malombe, Kenya Human Rights Commission

Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: What Role for Civil Society?, by Edem Comlan, Penal Reform International, Great Lakes (Rwanda)

Advocacy for the Adoption of Transitional Justice Mechanisms in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by Dieudonne Diku Mpongola, Congolese Coalition for Transitional Justice

Reparations and the African Commission: Experiences from Zimbabwe, by Roselyn Hanzi, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

Advocating for the Adoption of a Holistic Transitional Justice Policy at the African Union, by George Mukundi Wachira, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.