Impunity Watch is an international non-profit organisation, seeking to promote accountability for past atrocities in countries emerging from a violent past.
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Vision

Impunity Watch strives for societies in which state and society respond effectively to serious crimes and gross human rights abuses through redress and recognition, where a culture of human rights and rule of law prevails, and where impunity is no longer accepted as the norm. We believe that an integrated approach that guarantees victims’ rights to truth, justice, reparations and non-recurrence provides the foundations for peace and security.

Mission

Impunity Watch conducts research into the root causes of impunity and obstacles to its reduction that elevates the voices of affected communities to produce research-based policy advice on processes intended to encourage truth, justice, reparations and the non-recurrence of violence. We work closely with victims and civil society organisations to increase their influence on the creation and implementation of policies for tackling impunity.

Approach

Impunity Watch is an international non-profit organisation, seeking to promote accountability for past atrocities in countries emerging from a violent past. We produce research-based policy advice, monitor state compliance with international obligations and advocate for tailored policy solutions. As well as promoting an integrated approach to addressing violence and impunity, our aim is to assist national civil society groups and communities affected by violence to have a stronger voice in policymaking on tackling impunity and dealing with the past.

Our approach is based upon three core strategies:

  1. Conduct systematic and comparative research into the root causes of impunity and obstacles to its reduction on the basis of its in-house designed Research Instrument;
  2. Use international knowledge and experience of transitional justice to assist local actors in developing complementary and alternative strategies for dealing with violence and impunity; and
  3. Produce research-based policy advice on processes intended to encourage truth, justice, reparations and the non-recurrence of violence, and lobby key actors for the uptake and the implementation thereof.

It is our conviction that genuine societal transformation after violence must transcend a narrow focus on particular mechanisms alone, eschew one-size-fits-all approaches, and instead facilitate genuine local involvement in an integrated approach to dealing with violence and abuse. Our research and projects therefore employ a bottom-up rationale, prioritising grassroots insight to create practical and targeted policies that genuinely respond to local needs and concerns.



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