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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.

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