BENEFITING: INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE
By making a gift to ICTJ today, you can help rebuild the lives of people in societies torn by violence and be part of creating a more just and prosperous future.
Earlier this year, for the first time in their lives, a group of Ugandans submitted a formal request to the government for reparations for violations of their human rights during the long civil war, which killed more than 300,000 Ugandans. This was made possible by a training course offered by ICTJ.
We have seen that societies ravaged by mass atrocities or state repression cannot recover without justice and honest reckoning with the past because that is the basis for sustainable and prosperous development. Equality for all, lasting peace, and sustainable development can only be built on revealing the truth, establishing civic confidence, and accountability for human rights abuses. The ICTJ strives to do just that.
ICTJ’s work often begins after the cameras leave, which is when the hard task of rebuilding a society begins. ICTJ works in ravaged countries around the world, where we provide expertise to local institutions and groups to help develop local solutions that confront legacies of massive human rights abuses. We support victims, governments, and activists, who work to establish truth commissions, prosecute war crimes and provide reparations to those who suffered. This is lengthy process, but if successfully concluded, can provide a strong base on which a society can develop economically and its people prosper.
In Myanmar, where we have worked since 2008, ICTJ is helping translate rapid political change into respect for human rights.
As investors and aid agencies rush in, we are helping to keep justice on the agenda, and ensure that the speed of progress does not leave historical grievances unaddressed. Former political prisoners and thousands of other victims of human rights abuses are struggling to overcome the harms they suffered. At the same time, civil war continues in Myanmar's border regions and is further exacerbated by recent ethnic and religious violence. The future of the country rests on solutions to problems such as these, but after years of repression, the government suffers from a lack of trust and needs a strong break from the abuses of the past.
Transitional justice can help overcome these barriers to a new Burmese society. Victims need justice, restitution, and care for their injuries and losses. Citizens want the truth about the past, and to know that their rights will be protected in the future. When these things happen, trust builds and societies can move on. This is what ICTJ strives for.
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