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Policy Briefs

Founded in 2014, GIJTR has worked with partners in 72 countries, fostered over 323 grassroots projects and engaged more than 681 local civil society organizations in building capacities and laying the groundwork for community-wide participation in transitional justice processes. See below our policy briefs which share key facts from our work.

Policy Brief

Media and Transitional Justice

Using lessons learned from the work of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, this policy brief gives an overview of the opportunities and challenges that arise around media coverage of transitional justice processes, and recommendations for activists who wish to engage with journalists and less traditional media figures around issues of memory, truth and justice.

Policy Brief

Arts and Transitional Justice

The arts, and cultural initiatives more generally, can play a key role in victim-centered transitional justice processes, not only because of their ability to reach broad audiences, but also because of their capacity to integrate groups of victims into the production of truth narratives, strengthening the legitimacy of more formal transitional justice processes.

Policy Brief

Racism, Ethnicity and Transitional Justice

Renewed attention to the causes and consequences of global systemic racism has revealed the contemporary human rights system’s failure to address historical legacies of racism and colonialism, as well as institutions and policies that have perpetuated racial subordination. Transitional justice mechanisms introduced in conflict, post-conflict and authoritarian contexts have similarly relegated racial discrimination to a secondary issue, rather than confront it head-on which has contributed to the recurrence of atrocities in several parts of the world.

Practical Lessons from GIJTR

From "Gender Sensitive" Transitional Justice to Gender Inclusivity

Grounded in lessons learned from the work of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR), this policy brief recommends ways for state-led mechanisms, civil society organizations and donor institutions to meaningfully adopt a gender-inclusive approach to transitional justice by centering the multiplicity of women’s realities during and after periods of conflict or oppression.

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Religious Leaders and Transitional Justice

The inclusion of religious leaders in transitional justice processes can lead to more widespread acceptance and greater impact. Rather than assuming that religious leaders will act as figureheads, policymakers should consider the wide array of innovative roles that faith-based actors can play in supporting transitional justice goals while recognizing the potential risks associated with their involvement.


The Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation regularly produces publications to share lessons learned from its work around the world. These tailored toolkits and guides provide practitioners, academics and activists with concrete strategies and tools to help survivors of recent conflict recover from their trauma and help their communities break through cycles of violence.