Transitional justice blind spots

When justice is muzzled in the face of serious crimes

In different parts of the world, situations of great violence sometimes look like a dead end for those seeking justice. These are the “blind spots” of transitional justice, where the geopolitical context blocks any real initiative to seek truth, reparation or retribution. They appear slowly or brutally on the world map. They are mainly linked to wars or to solidly authoritarian regimes. Some of these impasses are temporary; others are very long-lasting. In the absence of credible, official justice initiatives, it escapes the scope of Justice Info’s coverage. Yet it would be inexplicable to ignore them completely. This section offers insights into these blind spots.

Flawed transitional justice in Ethiopia

The UN and NGOs say atrocities are continuing in Ethiopia, despite a peace agreement, and the government’s approach to transitional justice is flawed. But the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council ended last week without renewing the mandate of its commission on Ethiopia. Experts worry that Europe and the US have abandoned war […]
By Julia Crawford (Justice Info)
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