Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence
Date and Venue:
Tuesday 7 March 2017, 16.30 – 18.30
Palais des Nations, room XXI, Geneva
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will present his report addressing participation of victims in transitional justice measures to the thirty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council. As a side event to the 34th Human Rights Council session, the Special Rapporteur and Impunity Watch will convene a panel to discuss the content of the report, the work conducted by organizations in the area of participation and the perspective of victims’ associations’ on such work.
As the Special Rapporteur (SR) identifies in his report, “victim participation has become a mantra in the field of transitional justice” but “the rhetorical commitment to [it] is not matched consistently by actual practice, and even less by systematic analysis of relevant experiences or by sustained efforts to establish comprehensive means of making them effective.” In an effort to address this gap, the Special Rapporteur has devoted his report to clarifying the contours of victim participation and the conditions of its success. Impunity Watch is currently completing an in-depth comparative study on victim participation, which will be available soon. Five country case studies that inform this comparative are however already available. To assist preparation of the Special Rapporteur’s report, UNDP provided inputs and hosted an expert meeting on victim participation.
Through the analysis of key cases the panel will explore how to move from rhetorical commitment to participation to practical measures that ensure that victim participation is meaningful, impactful and successful.
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