The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation’s (CSVR) Advocacy strategy exists to influence policy and institutional development at local, national, regional and international levels.  The strategy is aimed at understanding violence, violence prevention, building resilient and peaceful societies, and conflict transformation.

This is achieved through five key strategic focus areas:

  • Influencing the development, adoption, ratification and implementation of national, regional and international policies on transitional justice, torture, redress and women, peace and security;
  • Fostering public engagement, awareness and understanding on transitional justice, torture, redress and women, peace and security;
  • Enhancing knowledge, understanding and practice through technical and content support to policy makers, CSO partners, and practitioners working on issues of transitional justice, torture, redress and women, peace and security;
  • Strengthening engagement, strategic alliances and bolstering collaboration towards a Pan-African approach on transitional justice, torture, redress and women, peace and security;
  • Providing victims and survivors of gross human rights violations access to interactions with key national, regional and international human rights mechanisms to seek effective and adequate redress

Influencing National and Regional Policy Agendas

Current and ongoing initiatives:

  • CSVR has played a key role in developing and sustaining the torture agenda and informing the Torture Act in South Africa;
  • CSVR has continued to play a key role in shifting the discourse on transitional justice, conflict resolution and peace building in Africa, through the direct engagement with the African Union (AU) Commission by providing content and technical support to the Department of Political Affairs. This working relationship was formalised through an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AU Commission;
  • The CSVR’s work in the African region has resulted in strategic partnerships with the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA), the AU Commission, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and other African Union (AU) organs;
  • The ACHPR adopted a resolution calling for a study on transitional justice in Africa to be undertaken and assist to establish the role of the ACHPR in relation to transitional justice on the continent. The ACHPR selected the CSVR as the secretariat of the study to coordinate the development and finalisation of the study in collaboration with regional partners and regional civil society;
  • The CSVR has been the driver of the redress and rehabilitation agenda in the region. There is now an established Pan African Initiative (PARI), where organisations are dealing with redress in Africa. Also, through PARI, CSVR is providing technical assistance to the CPTA on the general comment for Article 5.
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