Impunity leads to new violence

marlies photoInternationally-supported transitional justice projects have come to play a central role in broader efforts to build peace, democracy and the rule of law in troubled states, based on the belief that impunity for war crimes tends to lead to new cycles of violence. But the record shows that their most prominent mechanisms – truth commissions and criminal prosecutions – are too often applied in isolation, leaving space for impunity to thrive in old and new forms.

Marlies Stappers of Impunity Watch will present some key findings in this regard, drawn from a comparison of the Dutch-based organisation’s recent research in Serbia and Guatemala, and its new intervention in Burundi, demonstrating the need for a more case-sensitive, multi-pronged and long-term approach that responds to the root causes of impunity and involves the population in its combat.

She shall focus on how civil society organisations can be supported to play a more effective role in the combat of impunity, addressing in particular their legitimacy, an essential factor when it comes to influencing policy and encouraging public support for, and participation in, accountability processes.

Date: Wednesday January 27
Time: 9.00 – 10.00, coffee / tea and sandwiches served from 8.30
Place: Stora Nygatan 26, 1st floor

Register at the latest on January 25, at or call 08-545 277 30

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Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Impunity, Impunity Watch, Marlies Stappers, and Transitional Justice.
Regions: Serbia.