‘When the weapons fall silent’: UN Security Council discusses transitional justice

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

On 13 February the Security Council held its first ever discussion on transitional justice as a thematic issue, with States from every region offering first-hand accounts and calling for the UN to play a supportive role. Belgium, Security Council President for the month of February, initiated and presided over the open debate on ‘ transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations ,’ under the Peacebuilding and Sustaining …

Transitional justice

There is wide recognition that transitional justice is a vital component of any successful political transition (i.e. democratisation) and/or process of post-conflict recovery. However, transitional justice is also a relatively new and highly complex area of work, and demands for UN support tends to far outstrip the supply of expertise. This has led to a certain degree of confusion and …