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International Center for Transitional Justice

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In partnership, the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning (CCCL) and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) with the collaboration of Conseil Consultatif des Droits de l'homme provide the first Francophone Transitional Justice Fellowship Program. Transitional justice refers to a range of approaches that societies undertake to reckon with legacies of widespread or systematic human rights abuse as they move from a period of violent conflict or oppression towards peace, democracy, the rule of law, and respect for individual and collective rights. In response to a demand for strengthening capacity in francophone countries that seek to address painful periods of their pasts, the ICTJ and CCCL provide transitional justice fellowships to approximately 14 human rights practitioners from French speaking countries. The 10-week residential program is taught by senior staff from the ICTJ and the CCCL, as well as a number of visiting lecturers.

Fellows learn about strategies to employ following a period of conflict or repressive rule in order to bring about a more just, democratic, and peaceful society in their respective countries. Areas of focus will include: prosecuting perpetrators, documenting and acknowledging violations through non-judicial means such as truth commissions, reforming abusive institutions, providing reparations to victims, memorialization, gender, and reconciliation. The program seeks to empower people with knowledge and analysis so that they may implement the lessons learned from experiences in other nations. The training will also provide an opportunity for fellows to develop a network of human rights advocates from around the world