Democratization process in Africa, as anywhere else, invoked transitional justice principles in order to redress legacies of human rights abuses in a manner that respects and protects the dignity of survivors and their relatives, without threatening future peace and security.

In this context, within the framework of its collaboration with Fondation Hirondelle, the Geneva Centre, together with the Universities of Harvard and Oxford, contributed to the organization of a conference hosted by Fondation Hirondelle, the Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies of Addis Ababa University. The event, entitled “20 Years of Transitional Justice in Africa”, will take place on 20th November 2014 at the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa and will consist of two panel discussions. The first one, “Prevention of atrocities and the role of civil societies”, will address the African Union Continental Early Warning System (CEWS), the role played by private sector in reducing electoral violence (the case of Kenya), and the role of technology in early warning and prevention. The second part, “Challenges of the new justice architecture in Africa”, will focus on the challenges faced while reporting about justice within a conflict situation, notably in Mali, as well as on the interplay between Gacaca, national and international justice as a lesson to be learnt from the case of Rwanda, and the new justice eco-system.

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