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New Website to Monitor the Independence of the Judiciary in Guatemala
Our office in Guatemala has launched a new website to monitor the independence of the judiciary.   The Observatory of Judicial Independence is a tool to monitor and analyse permanent...
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New Report on the State of the Transitional Justice Field in the DRC
Impunity Watch a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication d’un nouveau rapport de recherche intitulé, Justice Transitionnelle en République Démocratique du Congo :...
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Launch Event in Guatemala for the Report on the Sepur Zarco Ligitation Strategy
"Nuestro objetivo fue ser escuchadas como mujeres indígenas, pero también para que lo que nos pasó nunca se repita" Demecia Yat.   El 30 de marzo 2017 en coo...
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New Report on the key strategic litigation of the Sepur Zarco Case
El informe "Cambiando el rostro de la justicia Las claves del litigio estratégico del caso Sepur Zarco" rescata la valentía de las mujeres q'eqchí y el valor hist...
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New Video on Sepur Zarco
Impunity Watch has produced a new video on the Sepur Zarco case and the effect the case has had on the women, their communities and justice in Guatemala.    “Cambiando el ...
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New Report: A Civil Society Review of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation in Kosovo
At the beginning of 2017, the process of developing a National Strategy on Transitional Justice for Kosovo reached a critical juncture; Donor support to the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Deali...
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Members from Chichupac and Neighboring Communities vs. Guatemala
Guatemala City, 21 March 2017.  A delegation of victims from Chichupac, Xeabaj and El tablón communities from Rabinal, Baja Verapaz held a press conference to announce the last judgment...
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Comunicado de Prensa de los Miembros de la Aldea Chichupac y Comunidades Vecinas d el Pueblo Maya Achi de Rabinal y de La Asociacion Bufete Jur i Dico Popular
Ciudad de Guatemala, 21 de marzo de 2017. El día de hoy, una delegación de víctimas de las comunidades de Chichupac, Xeabaj y El Tablón del municipio de Rabinal, Baja Ve...
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Marching on International Women's Day in Guatemala
Parte del equipo de Impunity Watch acompañó la marcha del 8 de marzo en donde distintas instituciones, organizaciones y colectivos marcharon para exigir el reconocimiento de sus derec...
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"Safe House" Burned Down in a Continuum of Violence against Women
El día 8 de marzo 2017 por la mañana murieron calcinadas 19 niñas en el "Hogar Seguro", hasta ahora se cuentan 30 fallecidas y 39 ingresadas al San Juan der Dios y Ro...
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Invitation Side Event 7 March 2017 in Geneva: The Practice of Victim Participation in Transitional Justice Processes
ORGANISERS: Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence Impunity Watch   Date and Venue:     ...
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Call for ensuring access to justice for victims of the CREOMPAZ case
International organisations call upon the Supreme Court of Guatemala to remove the immunity of Congressman Edgar Ovalle, a former military officer involved in torture, illegal detention and killing...
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International organizations support constitutional reforms in favor of judicial independence in Guatemala
Our office in Guatemala has published a new press release on constitutional reform and Independence in Guatemala. We issue our concern regarding the recent scandals related to influence peddling an...
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Factsheet Molina Theissen case
On Friday 13 January at 8.00 am in Guatemala City at el Juzgado C de Mayor Riesgo, nivel 12 de la Torre de Tribunales the next hearing in the Molina Theissen case will take place. You are cordially...
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Redress for Kenyans after the ICC: Perspectives and possibilities - Side Event ASP
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Impunity Watch invites you to a panel discussion on redress for Kenyans after the ICC. Wednesday 23 ...
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UNSCR 1325: 1325 NOW #1325Guateya
Guatemala, being a country living in post conflict, is experiencing different forms of violence. The high rates of violence against women and sexual violence requires urgent action. The United Nati...
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Impunity Watch supports the Clean Hands for Justice Campaign in Guatemala
On October 12 in Guatemala, the "Clean Hands" campaign (Manos Limpias) was relaunched to promote integrity and ethics within the judiciary. The campaign is driven by the association of ju...
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Contrasting notions of history and collective memory in Tunisia
As part of its research efforts accompanying the process of transitional justice in Tunisia, the Transitional Justice Barometer Project, a partnership involving Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center...
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Monitoring UN Resolution 1325 in Guatemala
On Thursday September 29th Impunity Watch Guatemala presented its report “Monitoring of the United Nations Resolution 1325 (2000): Guatemala’s situation” to women and human rights...
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Visit of Guatemalan Judges to the Netherlands, 18-21 September 2016
From September 18th to October 4th a delegation of four prestigious judges from Guatemala will be visiting the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden to meet with politicians, judges associations and civil...
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In the Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases - New IW Research Report
Impunity Watch (IW) is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report “In the Shadow of Politics: Victim Participation in the Kenyan ICC Cases”. The study critically exami...
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Opening of the trial of the CREOMPAZ case
International organisations celebrate the opening of the trial of the case CREOMPAZ. Read the press release of ASFC, CEJIL, DPLF, GHRC, International Platform Against Impunity, WOLA,  and Impu...
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We Struggle With Dignity: Victims’ Participation in Transitional Justice in Guatemala - New IW Research Report
Impunity Watch (IW) is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report “We Struggle With Dignity: Victims’ Participation in Transitional Justice in Guatemala”. The re...
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The victim zone and collective reparation in Tunisia: “So rich and yet so poor….”
As part of its research efforts accompanying the process of transitional justice in Tunisia, the Transitional Justice Barometer Project, a partnership involving Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center...
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Scoping Study "Transitional Justice Practice: Looking Back, Moving Forward"
Impunity Watch is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report entitled “Transitional Justice Practice: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” Authored by Vasuki Nesiah, and pro...
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Monitoring Resolution 1325 in Guatemala
United Nations Security Council Resolution, UNCSR, 1325 underlines the responsibility that States have to end impunity and to trial those responsible of any type of violence against women and girls...
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Victim Participation and Transitional Justice in Cambodia: the case of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)
Impunity Watch is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report, entitled “Victim Participation and Transitional Justice in Cambodia: the case of the Extraordinary Chambers in ...
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Caso Molina Theissen: oportunidad histórica para encontrar justicia 35 años después
Ciudad de Guatemala, Washington, D.C. y San José, 18 de abril de 2016.- Mañana tendrá lugar una nueva audiencia en el proceso judicial sobre la desaparición forzada de M...
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Burundi’s TRC officially launched: but will victims participate?
On 4 March 2016, in Kayanza in the country’s north, Burundi’s President officially launched the operational phase of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its popular awaren...
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International NGO Coalition Urges President Morales to Act Transparently
As a coalition of international human rights groups, we have followed with great interest the selection process for the Guatemalan Constitutional Court (Corte de Constitucionalidad de Guatemala), a...
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Brave women break the silence and impunity in Guatemala
For the first time a Guatemalan court has recognized sexual slavery as a crime against humanity and a weapon of war, applying international human rights standards. The sentence orders reparations m...
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The “Barundikazi” – Burundian Women’s Quest for a Voice in the Peace Process
​The “Barundikazi” – the women and girls of Burundi – have been at the center of the current political and security crisis, as victims, activists and peacebuilders. Th...
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National Day of Dignity of Victims - 25 February
Impunity Watch expresses its solidarity with the victims and survivors of the internal armed conflict, and reaffirms its commitment to Guatemalan society to continue to support their efforts to bui...
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Guatemala Sepur Zarco Trial updates
According to Impunity Watch’s work to promote accountability for past atrocities in countries emerging from a violent past, we have followed closely the development of the Sepur Zarco Case of...
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"One should not rejoice when the neighbour's hut burns" Regional Dynamics Facing the Burundian Crisis
Reflecting on the crisis in Burundi, a Congolese youth in Goma, North Kivu, asserted, “One should not rejoice when the neighbour's hut burns".   This reflection came d...
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First trial for sexual slavery and violence during the armed conflict in Guatemala started: the Sepur Zarco Case
International organizations applaud the initiation of the first trial for sexual slavery and violence during the armed conflict in Guatemala: the Sepur Zarco Case. The Sepur Zarco case trial w...
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Crisis in Burundi: African solutions…?
On the occasion of the 26th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, our latest Briefing Note from Burundi draws on research conducted in the provinces and the wider Great Lakes Region (DRC and Rw...
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International Organisations support the effort of the Public Ministry of Guatemala in cases of Transitional Justice
CEJIL, DPLF, GHRC, IW, International Platform Against Impunity and WOLA raise their voices jointly to demain justice for all serious violation of human rights which go still unpunished to date. We ...
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Brave and thorough action by Guatemala's Public Prosecutor's office and Justice System
Impunity Watch congratulates the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Guatemalan justice system for bravely and consistently combating impunity for crimes of the past and present.  In recent...
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Election processes of judges in Guatemala and Honduras
Impunity Watch aims to contribute to build better processes for selection and appointment of magistrates in the justice system by presenting an analysis of comparative law process in Guatemala and ...
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"Making Transitional Justice Work"
Impunity Watch (IW), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) organise an expert meeting “Making Transitional Justice Work” fro...
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Conflict Transformation Tools for the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda)
IW (Burundi) is delighted to launch the first in a series of tools for community-based conflict transformation in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.   With the collaboration of our pa...
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Strategies for citizen advocacy in monitoring processes of election of judges
Impunity Watch presents a policy brief which systematise lessons learnt in processes of election of judges and advocacy strategies of civil society organisations. This policy brief is based on the ...
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Victim Participation in Tunisia transitional justice process – to participate it to have hope
On behalf of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, UK and Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM) Tunis, Impunity Watch is very happy to present the first publication ...
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Future National Reparations Plan Guatemala at risk
Impunity Watch Guatemala expresses its concern about the future of the National Reparations Program (PNR) since the 2016 draft budget allocates only 25 million quetzales. Read full Alert in Spanish...
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Burundi: Briefing Note
Burundi is in the middle of its worst crisis since the end of a decade-long civil war, sparked by the April 2015 announcement by the CNDD-FDD that it had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to ru...
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The Special Court for Kosovo: Enhancing societal impact through improved outreach
PAX and Impunity Watch are happy to present its first joint policy note of their 2016-2020 strategic partnership. This policy note abbreviates the substantive evidence base reflected in Impunity Wa...
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Women & Youth Agendas for Peace in the Great Lakes
Impunity Watch is proud to present a "Youth Agenda for Peace" and a "Women's Agenda for Peace" in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, DRC).   P...
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Urgent call for action: Side-Event Burundi
Against the background of the current crisis in Burundi, Impunity Watch (IW) organised a Side Event on the margins of the 30th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The ev...
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How to address impunity and prevent future violations?
During the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Impunity Watch in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva and the Permanent Representation of the Ki...
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Achievements fight against impunity in Guatemala
Impunity Watch is happy to present a press release signed with a network of international organisations to bring international attention on the achievements related to the fight against impunity ...
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International monitoring of the election process of Judges of the Supreme Court in Honduras
Impunity Watch is happy to share joint press release with other international organisations about international monitoring of the election process of Judges of the Supreme Court in Honduras.
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Invitation Side Event 17 Sept - Crisis in Burundi: How to address impunity and prevent future violations?
On the occassion of the Presentation of the Report on Burundi of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparations and the Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Impunity Watch in partn...
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Resignation of Otto Pérez Molina is an unprecedented step
Resignation of Otto Pérez Molina is an unprecedented step, but for the recovery of democracy in Guatemala much deeper structural reforms are needed, says Impunity Watch.   The...
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Hoop in Guatemala
Guatemala gaat op 6 september naar de stembus om onder andere een nieuwe president te kiezen. De omstandigheden voor deze verkiezingen zijn bijzonder te noemen. Het parlement heeft namelijk op 1 se...
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Burundi: Citizenship in crisis
Burundi is facing a citizenship crisis as a result of the current political violence that risks escalating into protracted conflict, Impunity Watch warned in a new research report, Burundi : La cit...
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Joint Press Release: Genocide Trial Resumed
The victims of the internal armed conflict, Guatemalan society and the international community are waiting with great anticipation the resumption of the second trial for genocide against the Maya I...
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Truth and Reconciliation processes around the world
On Wednesday 15th July, 6.30 pm (PDT) Marlies Stappers, director Impunity Watch will be present at Kwalin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, for an informal talk and conversation ...
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Impunity Watch directeur duidt de recente ontwikkelingen in Guatemala in Nederlandse media
Marlies Stappers, directeur Impunity Watch is de afgelopen weken door verschillende media in Nederland geïnterviewd over de recente ontwikkelingen in Guatemala. Jarenlang kwamen er weinig opwe...
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IW applauds UN decision to renew the mandate of International Commssion against Impunity in Guatemala
The undersigned human rights organizations welcome the announcement that United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon has approved the mandate renewal of the International Commission against Impuni...
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Escalation of violence in Burundi as protests continue
Reiterating the concerns expressed in our 28th April 2015 Press Release, Impunity Watch (IW), the Netherlands, is extremely concerned by the violent crackdown on protestors and condemns the brazen ...
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IW: Amidst the current crisis in Burundi we must not forget the victims of 1972
On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the massacres that took place starting on 29th April 1972 in Burundi, IW stresses that we must not forget the victims of these crimes even amidst the curr...
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Impunity Watch extremely concerned by ongoing violence against protestors, journalists & human rights defenders in Burundi ahead of the upcoming elections
Impunity Watch (IW), the Netherlands, is extremely concerned by the ongoing violent crackdown on protestors and condemns the brazen violation by the authorities of the legitimate right of Burundian...
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Problems and pitfalls of searching for truth and justice and the development of new, inclusive narratives in violent societies
During the conference "The Moral Third" with Jessica Benjamin, which is taking place on 21st April 2015 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Impunity Watch will speak on problems and pitfalls of ...
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IW Guatemala: "Los Nuevos Caminos de Cooptación del Estado"
El 24 de marzo del presente año, Impunity Watch participó en la organización del Foro Público “Los Nuevos Caminos de Cooptación del Estado”, junto con...
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IW Burundi Press Release: International Day for the Right to the Truth
On the occassion of the International Day for the Right to the Truth, Impunity Watch Burundi recalls the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Burundi three mont...
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A Gender Perspective on Reparations in Guatemala
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Impunity Watch presented the Policy Brief: “A Gender perspective on Reparations -  a commitment to contribute to changing structures of ...
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Impunity Watch honors the memory of the victims of the armed conflict
On the 25th of February, Impunity Watch (IW) honors the memory of the victims of the armed conflict, and shows respect and solidarity with their families and urges the State of Guatemala to guarant...
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Monitoring Report on the Right to Truth in Guatemala
The Monitoring Report on the Right to Truth, provides up to date information and an analysis on the progress and obstacles in the processes of exhumation of the Internal Armed Conflict victims in G...
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Monitoring Report on the Right to Reparations in Guatemala
The Monitoring Report on the Right to Reparations provides information on progress and set-backs in the process of Transitional Justice in Guatemala, as a basis for measuring the political will of ...
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Impunity Watch concerned about the exhumations in colline of Zege, in Gitega, Burundi
The situation in Zege follows similar events that took place in Kivyuka in 2013 and more recently in Bururi last November. Each situation concerns the exhumation of human remains during constructio...
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Impunity Watch part of consortium to support participatory Transitional Justice process in Tunesia
Impunity Watch is delighted that the consortium with Centre for Applied Human Rights and Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM) and IW itself received 2 year research grant from the Nether...
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Policy Brief: Sincerity of Burundi's Commitment to TJ under Scrutiny as TRC Commissioners Sworn In
On 10 December 2014, the four-year mandate for Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) officially began as 11 Commissioners took the oath of office and were sworn in by the Burund...
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Burundian National Assembly elects the 11 Commissioners for the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
On the evening of Wednesday 3 December 2014, the Burundian National Assembly elected the 11 Commissioners for the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Impunity Watch recognise...
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