Civil society Transitional Justice Working Group discusses the development of a strategic planFeb 2, 2016
On 1 February 2016, the recently formed Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) met to agree on the outlines of a strategic plan. The strategic plan is to guide the working group, composed of civil society organizations (CSOs), to advance transitional justice processes in South Sudan. Speaking on behalf of the Dialogue and Research Initiative (DRI), Director Gordon Lam, stated “if we do nothing, transitional justice processes will never kick off. That is why we formed this group last year and have started with radio shows, workshops and lectures about transitional justice.”
In September 2015, over 30 representatives of CSOs, including the South Sudan Council of Churches, agreed on the framework of a Transitional Justice Working Group aiming to coordinate civil society interventions in transitional justice processes in South Sudan. The meeting was organized by DRI and the Human Rights Development Organization (HURIDO), and was supported by UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project and the Public International Law Policy Group (PILPG) of the SUCCESS Consortium.
CSOs are key stakeholders in transitional justice processes and can play a pivotal role in advancing the transitional justice process In South Sudan. The need to develop a strategic plan to this end, was reaffirmed during a 3-day international conference on transitional justice that was organized in November 2015 by the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and the TJWG with support from UNDP and The Netherlands.
The strategic plan will be developed over the course of the upcoming weeks by the TJWG with guidance from Dr. David Bloomfield, an expert on transitional justice and reconciliation. The strategy will contain, amongst other elements, guidelines on stakeholder engagement, sequencing and priorities as well as concrete actions for pursuing transitional justice initiatives.