A discussion with Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on transitional justice
Thursday 22 March 2018
Maison de la Paix, Room S8, Pétale 2
8h30 – 10h15
Coffee and croissants will be served prior to the meeting
The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, and the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng were requested by the Human Rights Council to prepare a joint study on the “Contribution of transitional justice to the prevention of mass atrocities.”
This joint study was presented to the Human Rights Council on 2 March 2018.
In the study, the two experts explain why transitional justice has thus far primarily been considered as a ‘retrospect’ undertaking. They highlight the reasons for which the preventive potential of transitional justice has been underestimated and, indeed, under-utilized, showcasing that main challenges to effective, long-term atrocity prevention persist.
Based on the findings of this study, Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff is pleased to discuss issues based on the following questions:
There seems to be resistance to use transitional justice considerations more pro-actively to devise prevention strategies. This relates to both Member States and the United Nations. What are the reasons, and how can they be overcome?
How can relevant actors, and the international community at large ensure that situations are addressed in a comprehensive manner, and early enough to have, indeed, a preventive impact? What tools and approaches to use to avoid the all too frequent fragmentation or ‘siloization’ of expertise?
A copy of the report can be found here.