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countries emerging from a violent past.
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Impunity Watch was conceived in 2004 as a project of the Dutch development organisation, Solidaridad in response to the calls from Guatemalan human rights groups for greater support in identifying the factors preventing their claims for redress after the civil war. Using the UN Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity as a guide, an international group of experts, researchers and activists working in the field of human rights and transitional justice convened to establish the organisation. After a series of meetings, Impunity Watch and our in-house Research Instrument for examining impunity were created. On 28 January 2008, Impunity Watch was registered as an independent Foundation (Stichting) in the Netherlands.


Impunity Watch initially began working in Guatemala and Serbia, applying our Research Instrument to produce a baseline study of impunity in each country. Alongside the research we implemented a number of other activities together with local partners, including exchange meetings, local capacity-building, outreach, and lobbying. The two comprehensive baseline studies were published in 2008 containing targeted policy recommendations for the respective countries. Underpinned by the baseline research, our Guatemala programme is now well-established and has begun monitoring the states’ compliance with its international obligations, among other projects with victims’ groups.


Following the success of the pilot research cycle in Guatemala and Serbia, a feasibility study was conducted in 2009 that led to Burundi being selected as the location for our work in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Our office was established in Bujumbura in 2010, from which a number of research, capacity-building and victim projects are now run. Importantly, our Victimes à la Une project brings forward the expectations of local Burundians on options for transitional justice in the country.

In addition to our Country Programmes, we conduct research and pursue related activities on a number of comparative issues. To date, these issues have included memorialisation, the gender-sensitivity of transitional justice mechanisms, and the influence of entrenched interests on impunity reduction. A multi-year comparative project examining victim participation in transitional justice mechanisms is now also being undertaken.

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Impunity Watch Research Instrument
Updated Set of principles for the protection and promotion of human rights through action to combat impunity