A Decade of Hope

With political will and the right support, countries confrontinga legacy of human rights abuses can address victims’ rights andmete out justice while discouraging a cycle of revenge.

“Transitional justice” refers to a set of measures to redress the legacy of massive human rights abuses. These mechanisms include criminal prosecu tions, truth commissions, reparations programs, and institutional reforms and are applied to efforts to achieve justice in transitions in post-authori-
tarian or post-conflict societies. Through the pursuit of these complementary accountability measures, transitional justice recognizes the rights of victims, promotes civic trust and strengthens the rule of law.

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