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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.

Released in April 2024, our newest podcast, “Transforming Transitional Justice” focuses on rethinking how traditional transitional justice processes after a conflict can better serve the needs of civilians affected by periods of violence and authoritarian regimes. Each episode focuses on common issues that post-conflict communities face, from bolstering communities abilities to search for their missing, to documenting violations, to helping victims heal from conflict-related sexual violence.

Transforming Transitional Justice

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, GIJTR hosted “Transforming Transitional Justice: Innovative Approaches for Centering Communities to Lead Post-Conflict” in Barcelona, Spain from March 18-19, 2024. The gathering brought together over 90 representatives from more than 30 countries, including GIJTR Consortium partners, local partners, survivors, policy makers, donors and civil society representatives, to reflect on GIJTR’s impact within its first ten years.

Centering Forcibly Displaced Communities

GIJTR’s founding partner, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and its member site, the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), have partnered to implement “Afghanistan: Advancing Rights Adopting an Inclusive and Victim-Centered Documentation and Memorialization Approach,” an effort to build on each other’s work to advance the rights of victims of human rights violations and forced displacement by adopting documentation and memorialization approaches that center their voices and needs and that empower them to take part in transitional justice processes and advocacy efforts.

State of Truth in the World

On October 12, 2023, GIJTR launched its "State of Truth in the World Report" at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Written in collaboration with civil society leaders and experts from 18 global contexts, this report is the first of its kind to examine access to the truth and its role in shaping post-conflict societies.

Since August 2017, ~1 million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, most of whom are women and children. Forcibly-displaced people require complex psychosocial support and at least some form of resolution and justice. Read our latest piece for Aljazeera.

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.

Toolkits & Publications

Founded in 2014, GIJTR has worked with partners in 72 countries, fostered more than 323 grassroots projects and engaged over 681 local civil society organizations in building capacities and laying the groundwork for community-wide participation in both formal and community-based transitional justice processes.

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The GIJTR Report highlights GIJTR's unique, survivor-centered approach to transitional justice, spotlights our life-changing programs and shares our resources and methodologies with partners around the world.