Contexts we work in
Impunity Watch originated in 2004 as a response to the calls from Guatemalan human rights groups for greater support in identifying the factors preventing their claims for redress after the civil war. The aim was to respond to these needs and to address the persistence of impunity for serious violations of human rights committed in the past, which prevent the establishment of democratic rule of law.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
What began as one project in 2014 grew into a full programme in 2016, when Impunity Watch expanded its work on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a focus on Iraq, Syria, and Tunisia. Our interventions thus focus primarily on enhancing the meaningful participation of victims and affected communities in (transitional) justice and accountability processes.
We began our work in South Sudan in 2015 with the primary aim of supporting the work of civil society actors engaged in transitional justice work at both the community and national levels. Our ultimate objective has been to facilitate increased capacity and knowledge among actors positioned to advocate for the inclusion of local voices in the country’s transitional justice processes and for locally-driven approaches.
The Western Balkans
With no physical presence in the countries, we work closely with our partners on the ground and focus our interventions on strengthening civil society to enable its more meaningful participation in policy development and implementation, and on linking the fight against impunity to prevention of future conflict.