Our work: Africa

The Arusha Peace Accord of 2000 made possible efforts to address decades of past conflict in Burundi. ICTJ has advised the development of consultative, participatory, and victim-centered transitional justice strategies in Burundi since 2006.

Cote d’Ivoire has embarked on a process of addressing the legacy of internal strife that culminated in the 2010 post-election violence. ICTJ provides technical assistance to government bodies and civil society groups that are implementing transitional justice measures to reestablish the rule of law, including criminal investigations and the truth commission.

Kenya is facing a legacy of human rights violations perpetrated in the aftermath of the 2007 elections. ICTJ has worked there since 2008 on criminal prosecutions, institutional reform, truth-seeking, and reparations.

Liberia’s 14-year civil conflict ended in 2003, opening the door to transitional justice processes such as truth-seeking and security sector reform. ICTJ supports Liberia’s transitional justice efforts, collaborating with local groups to tailor transitional justice methods to their own communities.

The Lomé Peace Agreement brought some relief to Sierra Leone in July 1999 after a decade of violent conflict. Since 2001, ICTJ has advised the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and other justice initiatives.

South Africa’s experience confronting the legacies of apartheid has played a significant role in the development of the transitional justice field. However, accountability for many issues has yet to be achieved. ICTJ works there to support victims’ rights and challenge impunity for perpetrators.

Following two decades of a corrosive civil war and continuing carnage in Darfur, Sudan will be divided into two nations in July 2011. ICTJ has worked there to build awareness of victims’ rights and strengthen people’s understanding of relevant justice issues.

Despite the official end of war, the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be plagued by violence, with civilians falling victim to widespread killings, rape forced displacement and other crimes. ICTJ provides technical assistance to government and civil society institutions in the DRC to advance an informed national debate on transitional justice and to implement specific accountability initiatives.

Ugandans have endured extreme violence since independence in 1962 resulting largely from civil wars and political repression. This has given rise to widespread and systematic violations of human rights and the laws of war, including child slavery and torture. ICTJ works to help create a comprehensive and inclusive national transitional justice strategy to confront this legacy.