Call for inputs – Transitional justice measures and the legacy of human rights violations in colonial contexts

7 May 2021
Issued by
Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
To inform his report to be presented to the General Assembly in October 2021

Objective of the report

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Fabian Salvioli, to the 76th session of the General Assembly, in October 2021, to examine the question of the adoption of transitional justice measures to address the legacy of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law committed in colonial contexts.

In order to obtain a broad representation of views to inform the thematic report, the Special Rapporteur is seeking written contributions from all relevant actors through responses to a questionnaire.

In particular, the Special Rapporteur would appreciate receiving specific examples regarding the design and implementation of measures in the field of truth, justice, reparation, memorialization and guarantees of non-recurrence to address gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in colonial contexts, or the considerations that prevented their adoption, and the legal and institutional frameworks underpinning those measures or lack thereof. In this regard, the Special Rapporteur is particularly interested in identifying challenges and lessons learned, good practices and opportunities, as well as relevant national, regional and/or international jurisprudence.

The questionnaire is available here in English, French and Spanish

How and where to submit inputs

Submissions of maximum 750 words per question answered should be submitted no later than 7 May 2021 to

E-mail subject line
Inputs to report on legacy of colonialism
File formats
Please limit your contributions to a maximum of 750 words per question and attach annexes, where necessary
Accepted languages
English, French and Spanish

How inputs will be used

All submissions received will be published on OHCHR websites, except confidentiality is explicitly requested.

Please, circulate this invitation widely in your network.