Emerging opportunties for accountability and redress for human rights violations in the African Great Lakes
The project purpose is to increase the impact of transitional justice (TJ) initiatives by building capacity, broadening dialogue and improving synergistic regional exchange between relevant actors in the Great Lakes region.
1) CSOs are better able to engage with accountability and reform processes helping to ensure that they are victim-centered, including for marginalized groups and women.
2) Key state actors are better able to promote state-sponsored reform and accountability efforts.
3) Relevant governments and CSOs have greater understanding of the experiences and related needs of conflict-affected young people, particular former child soldiers.
4) Relevant government and CSOs analyze challenges and opportunities regarding their respective TJ processes, discuss lessons learned and develop strategies for cross-regional dialogue.
Activities include e.g.
- Facilitation of the formation of working-groups on documenting human rights violations
- Training sessions on information collection and analysis of cases related to international crimes
- Mapping of existing human rights defenders and victims groups
- Assessment of the justice needs of children affected by armed conflict
- Regional conference on TJ
- Drafting of briefing papers and an expert paper on the status of TJ in the region.
In Kenya: appr.11 nat. officials, 7 int. NGOs, 59 nat. NGOs and 96 victim/religious/community leaders.
In Uganda: appr.14 nat.officials, 7 nat. NGOs and 2 internat. NGOs
In DRC: appr.15 nat. officials and 10 nat. NGOs
In Burundi: estimated 3 nat. officials and NGOs as participants of the regional conference.
Background: The current frameworks for addressing TJ processes in the region differ widely, however they require the same kind of technical knowledge and understanding. Relevant actors should therefore learn from best practices and strategies for investigation and documentation of serious human rights violations.