Modelling transitional justice
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the lead agency within the UN system in the development of transitional justice, regarded now as critical for strengthening rule of law in States devastated by conflict or emerging from repressive rule.
At a gathering of Member States in New York, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay noted that, “a human rights approach is vital to securing a sustainable peace.” The High Commissioner was participating in a Rule of Law Dialogue which is discussing a guiding document on transitional justice. The Guidance Note for Member States of the UN is to assist them in their efforts to prevent conflict and achieve reconciliation.
“It is now widely accepted that transitional justice mechanisms help to ensure redress for victims of massive violations of human rights in certain exceptional circumstances,” Pillay said.
3 December, 2009