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A Gender Perspective on Reparations in Guatemala
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Impunity Watch presented the Policy Brief: “A Gender perspective on Reparations -  a commitment to contribute to changing structures of ...
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On the evening of Wednesday 3 December 2014, the Burundian National Assembly elected the 11 Commissioners for the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Impunity Watch recognise...
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Policy Brief: Sincerity of Burundi's Commitment to TJ under Scrutiny as TRC Commissioners Sworn In
On 10 December 2014, the four-year mandate for Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) officially began as 11 Commissioners took the oath of office and were sworn in by the Burund...
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Video of “Once Upon a Time....And Never Again in Burundi”
IW is pleased to present a short video presentation of our project, “Once Upon a Time…And Never Again in Burundi”. The project – Il était une fois, et plus jamai...
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IW blog on Atria about Gender Research
IW wrote a blog for the Dutch institute Atria (Institute on Gender Equality and Women's History) about IW's Research on the Gender-sensitivity of processes of TJRNR. ...
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International organisations condemn suspension of Judge Yassmin Barrios in Guatemala
The Ethics Tribunal of Guatemala’s bar association (known by its acronym CANG) has suspended Judge Barrios from practicing law for one year because a member Rios Montt legal team filed a comp...
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Vice Versa: “Nederland haast zich weg uit Latijns-Amerika”
Director of Impunity Watch, Marlies Stappers, was interviewed by Vice Versa for their article on the Dutch international development cooperation policy in South America. The article focuses on...
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Prosecution and punishment of those responsible for extrajudicial executions in the past and present contributes to strenghtening the Rule of Law in Guatemala
Impunity Watch welcomes the decision issued last Friday, June 6 this year, by the Criminal Court of Geneva, Switzerland, which condemned Erwin Sperisen, former director of the National Civil Police...
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SEPUR ZARCO and the Right to Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence during the Internal Armed Conflict
Impunity Watch expresses its solidarity with the Alliance Breaking the Silence, and celebrates the capture of two persons accused of committing international crimes in the case known as Sepur Zarco...
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Research Report: Citizens’ Perceptions of Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
Impunity Watch’s team in Burundi is pleased to announce the publication of a research study conducted in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Perceptions de citoyens sur la transformation des co...
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Memory for Change
Impunity Watch, together with swisspeace and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) organised the regional event "Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary TJ Measu...
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Policy Brief: Amnesty in Guatemala: Law on National Reconciliation or Decree 8-86?
IW Guatemala published a Policy Brief in the context of the debate on amnesty in the Ixil genocide case. The document offers the legal arguments to sustain that amnesty is not valid in case of grav...
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Report on Asia Exchange 'Memory for Change'
Impunity Watch (IW) is pleased to announce the publication of its report based upon the Asia Exchange Meeting ‘Memory for Change’, held in Bangkok from 3-7 November 2014. It was organis...
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Policy Brief: Victims of Rape During Burundi’s Civil War Demand Justice and Reparations
Each year Burundi commemorates the assassination of its first democratically elected President, Melchior Ndadaye on 21 October 1993 – an event that sparked the country’s civil war. ...
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Research Report: Intergenerational Transmission of Truths and Memories in Burundi
Impunity Watch Burundi is pleased to announce the publication of our latest research report, « Si le passé est correctement rédigé il servira beaucoup aux gén&eacu...
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Regional seminar for the presentation of research results: "Citizens' perceptions of conflict transformation in the Great Lakes Region"
Répondant aux causes profondes qui conduisent les conflits dans la Région des Grand Lacs, le programme « Paix au-delà des Frontières » met en œuvre une...
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Organisations Call for Respect for Judicial Independence in Guatemala
10 November 2014 – International and regional organizations call for Guatemala to respect judicial independence and reject the illegal sanction of Judge Yassmin Barrios. Guatemala’s co...
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Naming and Appointing Process of Supreme Court Judges and the Chambers of the Court of Appeals in Guatemala
The Policy Brief on the naming and appointing process of Supreme Court judges and the Chambers of the Court of Appeals in Guatemala was created by the need to point out all the factors that led to ...
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Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary TJ Measure- Asia Exchange
Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary TJ Measure - Exchange and Policy Development in Bangkok, Thailand. November 2014  Impunity Watch, together with swisspeace and ...
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Policy Brief on Citizens' Perceptions on Conflict Dynamics in the Great Lakes Region
Impunity Watch Burundi is pleased to present our latest Policy Brief, “Etat des lieux de la perception de citoyens de la Région des Grands Lacs sur les dynamiques de conflits et les mo...
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Joint Statement: International organisations indicate that the process of judicial selection in Guatemala did not respect international standards
The International Platform against Impunity signed a joint statement with five other international organisations expressing their concern about the observation that judicial selection processes in ...
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Amnesty for human rights violations in Guatemala
Impunity Watch is pleased to present the policy brief "Amnesty for human rights violations in Guatemala", written by Alejandro Valencia Villa, a Colombian jurist. The document was born fr...
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Impunity Watch expresses its solidarity with the Maya Q'eqchi' women in the case Sepur Zarco
Impunity Watch expresses its solidarity with the Mayan Q'eqchi' women and the Alianza Rompiendo el Silencio e Impunidad during the hearing of the trial in the case Sepur Zarco, which is&nbs...
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Policy Brief: Enhancing the Societal Impact of International Tribunals
On 26 September 2014, Impunity Watch (IW) convened an Expert Meeting, hosted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) bringing together staff from international crimi...
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Policy Brief: Le Burundi traine les pieds pour ratifier la Convention internationale pour la protection de toutes les personnes contre les disparitions forcées
A l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée Internationale des Personnes Disparues, le 30 aout 2014, Impunity Watch, FONAREC/ JT et THARS ont préféré...
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TRC Monitoring in Burundi: Fourth edition of Ukuri Ntigusha
IW’s Burundi office presents the fourth issue of Ukuri Ntigusha, our monitoring publication on the upcoming TRC in Burundi. Published every two weeks, Ukuri Ntigusha (“the truth pass...
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Ukuri Ntigusha
IW’s Burundi office presents the fourth issue of Ukuri Ntigusha, our monitoring publication on the upcoming TRC in Burundi. Published every two weeks, Ukuri Ntigusha (“the truth pass...
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Organizaciones internacionales denuncian irregularidades en procesos de integración de órganos de justicia en Guatemala
En el presente año se están renovando importantes cargos del sistema de administración de justicia en Guatemala, a saber el cargo de Fiscal General y Jefe del Ministerio P&uacu...
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Gender-based Violence in Burundi: Analysis of Perceptions and Obstacles to Justice
IW presents a new report analysing gender-based violence in Burundi and the obstacles to justice faced by women for present and past abuses. The report analyses the specific legal, institutiona...
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Impunity Watch welcomes ruling on El Aguacate
Impunity Watch welcomes the ruling issued on July 4, 2014 by the trial court of Chimaltenango condemning Fermín Solano Barillas, alias Lieutenant David, to ninety years in prison for his rol...
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Parliament and the Government of Burundi at the crossroads
The recent enactment of the law on the establishment, mandate, composition, organisation and functioning of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Burundi may mark an important step towar...
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PAX and Impunity Watch Policy Brief Burundi to Dutch Parliament
On the 21st of May , the Dutch Parliament held a debate on the situation in Burundi. Pax for Peace and Impunity Watch very much welcomed the attention of the Members of the Parliament and the Minis...
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Concerns about National Reconciliation Plan Guatemala
Impunity Watch expresses its concern about the approval of Operative Paragraph 3-2014 of the National Reconciliation Plan by the Congress of Guatemala on May 13 2014. This Operative Paragraph sta...
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Reflections on the recent nomination of candidates for Attorney General and Head of the Public Ministry
This joint bulletin by DPLF, WOLA, FONGI, CIFCA and the International Platform against Impunity gives an analysis of the recent nomination process of candidates for the position of Attorney General...
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Justicia ¿en manos de quién?
The International Platform against Impunity and Impunity Watch would like to share this document: Justicia ¿en manos de quién? - Justice in whose hands.  The purpose of this docu...
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Estudio de Opinión Pública sobre la igualdad de género y la violencia contra la mujer
El Programa de Impunity Watch en Guatemala contratará los servicios profesionales de una firma para llevar a cabo un estudio de opinión pública sobre igualdad de género ...
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Victim Participation in TJ Mechanisms: Real Power or Empty Ritual?
Impunity Watch is pleased to present our latest publication: Victim Participation in Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Real Power or Empty Ritual? The Discussion Paper is the first outcome of ou...
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The keys to understand the dispute on Justice in Guatemala
We are proud to share the research of Nomada, a new independent electronic newspaper in Guatemala, which was publicly released on April 23th. The research was funded and co-designed by the Impunity...
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Burundi: TRC Law passed
On Thursday 17th April 2014, the Burundian National Assembly voted (81 for, 0 abstentions, 1 against, and 26 absentees in the plenary) in favour of the law on the establishment, mandate, compositio...
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Independence of the Judiciary Guatemala
Letter to Guatemalan Government by 22 European Parliamentarians On the 21st of March 2014, 22 members of the European Parliament, representing different political groups, have expressed their c...
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Burundian voices and expectations on TJ mechanisms
Impunity Watch, La Benevolencija and Ubuntu Centre just completed a series of training sessions on Transitional Justice mechanisms, peaceful conflict management and management of trauma, through 8 ...
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IW Guatemala commemorates the 15th anniversary of CEH
Within the framework of the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the report of the CEH (Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico), the office of Impunity Watch in Guatemala was ...
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Concerns Judicial Independence Guatemala
Impunity Watch (IW) externa su preocupación ante la decisión de la CC de denegar los amparos interpuestos en contra de la elección de magistrados de las Salas de la Corte de Ap...
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IW Policy Brief: Expanding Societal Impact of International Criminal Justice
In December 2013, IW organised and facilitated an Expert Meeting at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to examine the impact of international criminal justice beyond the courtroom....
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Great concerns about reduction of official term of 4 years of Attorney Geneal Claudia Paz y Paz in Guatemala
In a joint statement the International Platform Against Impunity and FONGI express great concerns about the decision of the Constitutional Court in Guatemala to reduce the official term of four yea...
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Joint Statement of The International Platform against Impunity, CIDSE, CIFCA, and FONGI on shortening of legal period of General Attorney Claudia Paz y Paz
The International Platform against Impunity, CIDSE, CIFCA, and FONGI express their deepest concern for the decisions of Guatemalan Constitutional Court that shorten the legal period of the General ...
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Lebanon: A Case for Memorialisation
Lebanon: A Case for Memorialisation Impunity Watch, (IW) in partnership with the Sustainable Democracy Center – Lebanon (SDC), organised an interactive workshop between victims, civil so...
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Impunity Watch voices its concern about the death of community leader Juan De León Tuyuc Velázquez
The body of Juan De León Tuyuc Velázquez was found on 15 January 2014 in the department of Sololá. IW calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this tragic e...
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Denial of Justice for Victims of Ixil Genocide Case
The office of IW Guatemala issued a statement on the decision of the Appeal Court (Sala Primera de la Corte de Apelaciones) that confirmed the verdict of Judge Flores, issued on 23 April 2013, to a...
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