This guest post is written by Refik Hodzic, Director of Communications at the International Center for Transitional Justice.
The International Center for Transitional Justice’s “Peace versus Justice: A False Dilemma” video explores the relationship between peace and justice and the raging debate that often excludes one at the expense of the other. ICTJ’s president David Tolbert and other experts speak alongside Kofi Annan, Ishmael Beah and human rights activists from Kenya, Indonesia and Colombia on the role of justice in sustaining peace, ensuring non-repetition of human rights abuses and reinstating respect for the rule of law.
The main aim of the ‘Peace and Justice’ video is to argue that peace and justice are not exclusive, as some powerful mediators contend, but in fact mutually reinforcing goals of any sustainable effort to address legacies of mass violence and repression. We decided to use video to contribute to the debate in order to remind viewers of the poignant reality of the issue, which often remains trapped in the sometimes sterile heights of political and academic discourse.