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Marlies Stappers, Executive Director
Marlies Stappers is founder and Executive Director of Impunity Watch. As director Ms. Stappers has been deeply involved in research and policy work related to the fields of Human Rights, Transitional Justice, impunity reduction, and  the strengthening the role of civil society, and particularly victims and affected communities in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras, Burundi and the Great Lakes region, the Western Balkans and Cambodia.  Ms. Stappers is also the initiator of the Dutch Guatemala Platform Against Impunity, today the International Platform against Impunity in Central America, of which she coordinates the Dutch branch. The International Platform is a group of dedicated NGOs from The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland,  coordinating with partner organisations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua the international advocacy and lobby to promote effective measures combating impunity in Central America. Between 1995 and 2001 Ms. Stappers worked in Guatemala where she amongst others worked as a researcher for the Guatemalan Historical Truth Commission and as an observer of the Peace Accords for the UN Mission in Guatemala (Minugua). Her educational background is in Latin America Studies. Check also her Linkedin profile.

 

Habib Nassar, Director of Policy and Research

Habib is a lawyer and activist with more than fifteen years of experience working on human rights and transitional justice issues. Befor joining Impunity Watch,  he worked at PILnet: The Global Netwrok for Public Interest Law where he served as Acting Executive Director and Director for the Middle East and North Africa, a region where he developed the organisation’s programming in the area of strategic litigation and clinical legal education. Prior to PILnet, he developed extensive experience working on transitional justice in a variety of contexts. He advised the UN OHCHR on transitional justice in North Africa. He also worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice where he held several positions including Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program in the wake of the “Arab Spring”. Before, he worked for several grassroots and international human rights groups on matters including inforced disappearance, human rights defenders, and elections. He has taught transitional justice as well as human rights at Hunter College in New York. He has an LL.M. from New York University, a master ofinternational law from Université Paris II and a law degree from Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. Check also his Linkedin profile

 

Margaretha Bakker, Operations Manager

Margaretha joined Impunity Watch in 2011. Prior to joining Impunity Watch she was working for Women for Water Partnership, UN FAO in Zambia and IWMI in Sri Lanka.  She has been working with local organisations, ministeries and international research organisations in the field of natural resources management and food security from a rights based perspective. She is an all-round, hands-on professional, with a heart for a society of equal rights, opportunities & participation. Alongside her work she is board member of a local organisation which is striving for (equal) participation of (vulnerable) people in society. In addition, she is also member of an advisory body of the city council on how best local participation can be guaranteed when designing and implementing policy and projects at the local level. Her educational background is in international development studies. Check also her Linkedin profile.
 

Laura Cools, Research and Policy Adviser

Laura coordinates a comparative research & policy programme on transitional justice & violence against women. She joined IW as a researcher in the Burundi office in 2014 and focused on conflict transformation in the Great Lakes Region, as well as access to justice for conflict-related GBV in Burundi. Prior to re-joining IW, The Netherlands, Laura worked as Project Officer – Research at the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. Previously, she has been a Programme and Advocacy Officer at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York. In Uganda, she additionally consulted for OHCHR and ICTJ and conducted independent field research on transformative reparations for female victims of conflict as a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project. Laura was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Columbia University, New York, where she earned a Master of Arts in Human Rights and specialised in transitional justice. She speaks French, English, Dutch, Spanish and German.

 

Megan O'Riordan, Project and Research Assistant
Megan began working at Impunity Watch in January 2016. Prior to this, she received a Master's in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She holds a Bachelor degree in History with a minor in Conflict Studies from Utrecht University. Her main interests lie in nationalism, identity and how they are related to cultural heritage. She has researched the potential use of discourses and intangible heritage in the Former-Yugoslavia as a form of outreach for the ICTY and the effect that such attempts, or lack thereof, may have on community reconciliation. For her masters she researched the different methods of dealing with the past that can be seen in museums in Northern Ireland with an analysis of their potential implications for reconciliation. Check also her LinkedIn profile.


Marina Oliver-Tomic, Project Assistant (Intern)

Marina began interning at Impunity Watch in March 2015. Prior to this, she received a Master's in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In 2014, she conducted research in Sarajevo about the representation of the Bosnian war in war tourism and memorial spaces. Her interests lie in memorialisation initiatives in the former-Yugoslavia, and in the ways that memory initiatives may confront and tackle impunity worldwide.

 


 



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