Without information, no reconciliation

About Us

 

Charter on Moderation | Editorial Charter

 

JusticeInfo.net is an independent website covering news on justice related to mass violence, so as to promote reconciliation and fight impunity in societies facing serious crises.

Tribunals, truth commissions, reparations programmes, reconciliation processes and remembrance are all mechanisms of so called “transitional justice” covered extensively by JusticeInfo.net. Mass crimes seriously affecting the lives and dignity of communities have also taken on a new dimension with, for example, deforestation and land-grabbing, violence against migrants, conflict over water. To fully play its role to inform, JusticeInfo.net will also cover these issues to the extent that legal or para-legal measures with a collective dimension are under way or planned.

JusticeInfo.net is a media of Fondation Hirondelle, a Swiss NGO that provides news and information to populations in crisis zones, so as to enable them to act in their daily lives and as citizens.

 

Our conviction
“Without information, no reconciliation”

The JusticeInfo project combines production of editorial content (JusticeInfo.net) with training of local journalists and correspondents. It also contributes actively to dialogue on issues of justice for mass crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, but also environmental crimes etc.) in most of the affected countries or regions.

 

Our objective

There are few media offering extensive, free coverage in English and French on issues of justice, peace and reconciliation. JusticeInfo.net aims to be a sounding board for these often complex processes, to improve understanding, analyse and put them into perspective.

 

Our target audience

As an open, interactive media platform, JusticeInfo.net is for everyone interested in issues of justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation who wants access to reliable sources and rigorously verified information. This is essential particularly in societies trying to emerge from conflicts, where information is often scarce and biased, limiting understanding of justice processes and so making it harder for affected populations to own them. These populations need to know that they are not forgotten, that procedures exist, and that their voice is taken into account. To allow them to be heard, JusticeInfo.net reports on their situation through local and international justice actors, including witnesses, humanitarian workers, journalists, lawyers, judges, university academics and members of civil society, who are often channels of information in their spheres of influence. The aim is to inform and promote dialogue through different types of content (investigation, interviews, reportages, opinions, forums) and different formats (text, audio, video, infographics).

 

Our editorial team

JusticeInfo.net’s permanent team is made up of Thierry Cruvellier (editor), Pierre Hazan (editorial advisor), Ephrem Rugiririza (deputy editor), Julia Crawford (translator and English speaking journalist) and Sylvain Olivri (web editor).

JusticeInfo.net works closely with a network of several dozen correspondents throughout the world and with Fondation Hirondelle media in several countries:

 

 

Our conditions of content re-use

Justiceinfo.net is an online media which encourages sharing and reproduction of its content according to the principles of Creative Commons, under the following sine qua non conditions: the name of the author and of JusticeInfo.net must be clearly mentioned; modification of the content and use for commercial purposes are not permitted.

 

Our partners

Justiceinfo.net encourages partnerships with university institutions. It partners with several research centres, notably Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR), a network of high-level transitional justice researchers which is part of the University of Oxford. Justiceinfo.net publishes OTJR publications under the joint responsibility of its editor and OTJR.

 

Our funding

Justiceinfo.net is transparent about its funding. Its donors and sources of financial support are mentioned publicly on the justiceinfo.net website and in its activity reports.

 

Our values

Justiceinfo.net aims to provide independent, accurate information founded on professionalism and excellence in its field of activity. Independence from political, economic and other powers is clearly essential. This independence helps guarantee our impartiality.

Honesty is another essential value of JusticeInfo.net. This includes journalistic honesty, leading our journalists to go as close as possible to sources, avoid prejudices and personal opinions. Honesty also in relations with third parties, donors and partners.

Respect for cultural differences and particularities are also part of our values, and a spirit of tolerance in general. This openness is integral to the identity of JusticeInfo.net, whose staff and contributors themselves come from many countries.

Our values and the composition of our editorial team make for pluralist information, essential for Justiceinfo.net as a platform for debate and exchange of opinions. As a forum for exchange on transitional justice, the site publishes Op-eds from external contributors in the form of analyses and interviews highlighting ideas, sometimes opposing ideas, in a way that is respectful of everyone. These external contributions include a note stipulating that “this text does not necessarily reflect the position of Fondation Hirondelle or JusticeInfo.net”. Our editorial team does not interfere with these opinion pieces, judge or censure them, insofar as they are consistent with the values and codes of Fondation Hirondelle, journalistic ethics, the JusticeInfo charter and Swiss law.

 

Our Charter on Moderation

Charter on Moderation and explanation of how comments work on JusticeInfo.net’s Facebook page:

Articles are published on the website www.justiceinfo.net dabout which you may comment via Facebook. These posts (links, photos, videos, etc.) are managed by JusticeInfo.net journalists. Their aim is to highlight those of your comments and opinions which they deem most interesting. They also sift the information and clarifications that you may give, so as to correct or add to our articles. The substance of these discussions is transmitted to JusticeInfo.net editors.

However, in order to promote quality discussions (between you and us), we ask our Facebook contributors to remain polite, and to argue their points of view in relation to the subject in question.

The moderators delete any messages that they deem irrelevant, defamatory, insulting or which attack the members of our editorial team or other members of our Facebook community in a way which is violent and unjustified. They will withdraw the right to comment from any Facebook member who continues, after a first message has been removed, to post such messages.

We hope that this will happen as little as possible, and that this space for comments on Facebook will continue to be a pertinent and pleasant place for discussion.

 

Editorial Charter

Justiceinfo.net is an electronic media platform in French and English of Fondation Hirondelle, whose headquarters is in Lausanne. Justiceinfo.net covers transitional justice in the widest sense: procedures for “dealing with the past” (including national and international criminal tribunals dealing with crimes against humanity and war crimes) and also new forms of mass crimes linked to the environment, migration, and other new issues, which JusticeInfo.net covers to the extent that their negative effect on rights and freedoms is large and that judicial procedures are under way or envisaged. JusticeInfo.net covers transitional justice from all angles: judicial, historical, political, cultural, ethical and philosophical.

Justiceinfo.net aims to be a forum serving transitional justice, a site for information but also debates and opinions representing all points of view and balanced information.

Justiceinfo.net is aimed at the many people involved in transitional justice: judges, lawyers, human rights defenders, academics, teachers, activists, researchers, journalists, humanitarian workers, men and women working in the field. The site is also for people directly concerned in transition countries or who are still facing mass violence: victims and associations representing them, NGOs, local actors and governments.

To broadcast its content JusticeInfo.net uses several means: editorial, images, audio, video, social media.

Fondation Hirondelle creates and supports media in crisis zones. It is independent of political and economic powers. It believes in non-partisan information. Nobody except persons designated by the Fondation may demand broadcast of content or ban broadcast of content by a Fondation Hirondelle media. Justiceinfo.net complies with the Media Recommendations established by the UNESCO round table (May 4-5, 2000, Geneva).

In its founding principles, values and way of operating, Justiceinfo.net adheres to the Charter of Fondation Hirondelle.

 

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