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Building Just World, Together

The Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation is a consortium of nine global organizations that works alongside communities to amplify the voices of survivors and inspire collective action in countries struggling to confront human rights violations. By addressing past trauma, we change the future.

#SurvivorsKnowBest

In November 2021, the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) and Amplifier, a nonprofit design lab that brings together artists and activists, launched an advocacy campaign to assist communities around the world that are in or emerging from conflict by fostering reconciliation through the stories of survivors.

With help from three artists, Camila Rosa, Thomas Wimberly, and Nurul Yaquin, we are making available 20 free, downloadable images in six languages to foster reconciliation through the stories of survivors. The images are based upon six primary themes - Listening to Survivors; Truth and Justice; Peace and Non-Recurrence; Memory and Reconciliation; the Missing and Disappeared; and Women’s Rights - and feature fictional people and symbols representing communities from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

They can be used as posters, projections, buttons, stickers - anything in the name of truth, justice and reconciliation. Please feel free to share them widely.

Amplifying survivor stories

Centering victims and survivors in peace processes is essential to ensuring lasting peace.

Hear Their Voices

GIJTR's Transitional Justice Academy equipped me with necessary tools, knowledge and experience. It has made me enthusiastic and proud of myself. Because of the Academy, I am able to train others in transitional justice in Yemen, in particular youth who are growing increasingly aware and active about transitional justice in the country.

Yemeni activist and a participant in GIJTR's first MENA Transitional Justice Academy

The GIJTR workshops provided a space for Sinhalese and Tamils to speak about their realities from a regional perspective and reach a common understanding of the implications of the transitional justice process for all.

Sinhalese participant

Capacity-building workshop, Sri Lanka

It was only after organizing our archive with the support of the GIJTR that we realized that we had such a robust documentation of more than 15,000 pages about extrajudicial killings and disappeared persons. We were not only able to deliver it to the truth commission, but we have been able to carry out research, trace patterns of criminality and prepare cases for accountability mechanisms.

Participant in a GIJTR documentation project

In our projects, it is the communities doing the talking. Not the Truth Commission, not the GIJTR. It is the communities sharing their experiences, asking the questions, and digging out the truth. Formal transitional justice mechanisms can seldom reach that far.

Dario Colmenares Millán

Program Director, GIJTR, on GIJTR's truth-telling workshops in Colombia

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to transitional justice. At GIJTR, we partner with communities, calibrating our approach to their unique needs - be that documentation, capacity-building, psycho-social support or advocacy.

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Founded in 2014, GIJTR has worked with partners in 60 countries, fostered more than 240 grassroots projects and engaged over 560 local civil society organizations in building capacities and laying the groundwork for community-wide participation in both formal and community-based transitional justice processes.