Transitional Justice

After enduring a period of conflict or repression, a nation needs to recover and rebuild. This is referred to as transitional justice. In doing so, it is vital that a post-conflict society:

  • Identify the root causes of internal conflict;
  • Accurately record past violence;
  • Provide justice and accountability mechanisms;
  • Work toward reparations; and
  • Focus on preventing future human rights abuses.

The Advocates for Human Rights develops practical, sustainable strategies to assist post-conflict countries to create peace and accountability. To do so, we adapt specific human rights monitoring methods to ensure transitional justice success. Often referred to as "truth and reconciliation" processes, these methods aim to:

  • Determine the root causes of violence;
  • Establish an accurate record of what happened;
  • Provide victims with justice;
  • Create mechanisms to hold violators accountable;
  • Provide reparations where necessary;
  • Prevent future human rights abuses.

The Advocates Made History
The Advocates for Human Rights and Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) made history when they established the first-ever truth commission to make a systematic effort outside of a subject country. Through the use of volunteers, the initiative systematically engaged the Liberian diaspora population in all aspects of the truth commission process. Read more here.