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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Transitional Justice

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“For the United Nations, transitional justice is the full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a society’s attempt to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale past abuses, in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation. Transitional justice processes and mechanisms are a critical component of the United Nations framework for strengthening the rule of law.”

Guidance Note of the Secretary-General:
United Nations Approach to Transitional Justice (March 2010)

UN Entities

 

UN Conferences & Events

 

Research & Documentation

 

Selected UN documents

  • A/HRC/RES/42/17: Human rights and transitional justice : resolution / adopted by the Human Rights Council on 26 September 2019: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/RES/42/17
  • A/HRC/37/65 (6 June 2018): Joint study on the contribution of transitional justice to the prevention of gross violations and abuses of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, including genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, and their recurrence : report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence and the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide : note / by the Secretariat: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/37/65
  • A/HRC/RES/33/19: Human rights and transitional justice: resolution / adopted by the Human Rights Council on 30 September 2016: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/RES/33/19
  • S/2011/634 (12 October 2011): The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies : report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/S/2011/634
  • A/HRC/18/23 (4 July 2011): Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on human rights and transitional justice: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/18/23
  • A/HRC/12/18 (6 August 2009): Analytical study on human rights and transitional justice: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/12/18
  • A/HRC/12/18/Add.1 (21 August 2009): Analytical study on human rights and transitional justice – Addendum: Inventory of human rights and transitional justice aspects of recent peace agreements: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/12/18/Add.1
  • E/CN.4/2006/93 (7 February 2006): Study by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on human rights and transitional justice activities undertaken by the human rights components of the United Nations system: http://undocs.org/E/CN.4/2006/93
  • S/2004/616 (23 August 2004): Report of the Secretary-General: The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies: http://undocs.org/S/2004/616

 

Selected Publications available online

 

Further Information

13 February 2020
not an official document – for information only
https://staging.unric.org/en/unric-library-backgrounder-transitional-justice/

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