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Public event

Contribution of transitional justice to the prevention of mass atrocities

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A discussion with Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on transitional justice

 

Thursday 22 March 2018

Maison de la Paix, Room S8, Pétale 2

8h30 – 10h15

Coffee and croissants will be served prior to the meeting

Register: https://doodle.com/poll/im7f996ncxa7t9fs 

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, and the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng were requested by the Human Rights Council to prepare a joint study on the “Contribution of transitional justice to the prevention of mass atrocities.”

This joint study was presented to the Human Rights Council on 2 March 2018.

In the study, the two experts explain why transitional justice has thus far primarily been considered as a ‘retrospect’ undertaking.  They highlight the reasons for which the preventive potential of transitional justice has been underestimated and, indeed, under-utilized, showcasing that main challenges to effective, long-term atrocity prevention persist.

Based on the findings of this study, Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff is pleased to discuss issues based on the following questions:

  • There seems to be resistance to use transitional justice considerations more pro-actively to devise prevention strategies. This relates to both Member States and the United Nations. What are the reasons, and how can they be overcome?

  • How can relevant actors, and the international community at large ensure that situations are addressed in a comprehensive manner, and early enough to have, indeed, a preventive impact? What tools and approaches to use to avoid the all too frequent fragmentation or ‘siloization’ of expertise?

A copy of the report can be found here.

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