Dear friends, partners and colleagues,
After violent conflicts, the past remains present by affecting the everyday lives of victims and survivors, as well as culture and politics. Measures that acknowledge and redress human rights violations, also known as transitional justice, can play an important role in strengthening social cohesion and promoting the rule of law.
The link between transitional justice and sustainable development and peaceful, just and inclusive societies was also recently emphasised in two United Nations documents: A resolution by the Human Rights Council and a report of the Special Rapporteur on truth, justice and reparation.
To expand learning and research on the topic, we at Berghof established the Global Learning Hub for Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in a joint initiative with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Additionally, we have been involved in a number of cross-organisational exchanges on the process of war crime documentation and testimony collection within the context of the situation in Ukraine.
In this newsletter, you will find more information about our discussions regarding transitional justice, as well as an article series on climate change and conflict that provides insights into our work on the topics, in addition to policy recommendations as COP27 is entering its finals days, and much more.
The Berghof Team