OUR FOCUS

Democratic governance
and peacebuilding

Transitional Justice

In the aftermath of large scale violence, conflict or political upheaval, societies must be enabled to address grievances and human rights abuses. Nationally led transitional justice processes contribute to atonement for human rights violations and can facilitate state accountability.  These practices help to establish trust and set the conditions for a peaceful democratic governance, and at the same time prevent societies from relapsing into systematic discrimination or violence.

UNDP supports dialogue processes and provides advice to governments and communities on measures of transitional justice, including establishing truth commissions and prosecuting conflict-related crimes. Enabling reparations for victims of grave human rights abuses, especially for those often identified as vulnerable (e.g. women, minority groups, or impoverished communities) can aid the reconciliation process by acknowledging the sufferings of victims and making amends for past mistakes. These elements can be a part of broader initiative to improve criminal justice, all of which are critical to sustaining peace.

To support transitional justice processes, UNDP works with closely with UN partners, namely OHCHR and UN Women. UNDP also maintains a strong partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice, particularly in the area of complementarity and supports the use of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Explore more

The high level plenary of the UNDP Annual Rule of Law Meeting outlined priorities for how best to…

The report, which documents 620 cases of serious violations of international human rights law and…

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan is signing a…

The Dutch Government has pledged its 2016 core contribution to the United Nations Development…

UNDP has been working to build peace in over 40 crisis-affected countries through our Global…

Since 2008, UNDP has been helping people through a project that provides legal aid for dispute…

Survivors of sexual violence find support through the Tupinge Ubakaji programme.

The Border Management Northern Afghanistan project has been working for nearly a decade to build the…

Through its Programme to Accompany Transitional Justice (PAJUST), UNDP supports victims´ rights to…

As more than 80 % of cases are heard in traditional courts, it is important that traditional leaders…

Every 18 seconds, someone dies of tuberculosis (TB). In the time it takes you read this blog, 12…

In her 2013 memoir, activist Malala Yousafzai recounts a moment that changes not only the course of…

Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed women in Kazakhstan break their silence on sexual violence.…

Climate change and violent extremism will be two of the major threats to the stability of states and…

Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was the main promoter of the campaign against the Agua Zarca…

In many countries, a criminal record, even for a minor offense, can have serious implications. Being…

This report is a joint effort between the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) and the…

This Annual Report provides an overview of the first year of implementation of Phase III of the…

This publication sets out the vision, policy and programming offer of UNDP’s Governance and…

This programming guide features field-tested and evidence-based perspectives, offering technical…

UNDP Around the world