A Conceptual Framework for Dealing with the Past

TitelA Conceptual Framework for Dealing with the Past
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / Serientitelswisspeace Background Paper

Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations is one of the major challenges facing societies in the aftermath of violent conflict or authoritarian rule. Experience suggests that there is a relationship between the ability to address this legacy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner and the potential to develop sustainable peace. swisspeace uses the term Dealing with the Past to underline that this is a long-term process that involves a wide range of activities, including initiatives that address the root causes of conflict. swisspeace promotes a holistic approach to Dealing with the Past that aims at developing a culture of accountability, strengthening the rule of law and fostering reconciliation. This background paper introduces the essential elements of such an approach. It proposes a conceptual framework, suggests how it can be applied in practice, raises some of the key challenges of operationalization and highlights other swisspeace resources for further information. Download

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