New Fund Supports Transitional Justice In Africa

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, students line up outside a classroom with a map of Africa on its wall, in Yei, in southern South Sudan. The Obama administration is set to ease sanctions against Sudan and broaden now limited talks with the long estranged African government, a U.S.-designated terrorism sponsor whose leader has been indicted on war crimes charges, The Associated Press learned Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, students line up outside a classroom with a map of Africa on its wall, in Yei, in southern South Sudan. The Obama administration is set to ease sanctions against Sudan and broaden now limited talks with the long estranged African government, a U.S.-designated terrorism sponsor whose leader has been indicted on war crimes charges, The Associated Press learned Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Justin Lynch / AP Photo
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, students line up outside a classroom with a map of Africa on its wall, in Yei, in southern South Sudan. The Obama administration is set to ease sanctions against Sudan and broaden now limited talks with the long estranged African government, a U.S.-designated terrorism sponsor whose leader has been indicted on war crimes charges, The Associated Press learned Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, students line up outside a classroom with a map of Africa on its wall, in Yei, in southern South Sudan. The Obama administration is set to ease sanctions against Sudan and broaden now limited talks with the long estranged African government, a U.S.-designated terrorism sponsor whose leader has been indicted on war crimes charges, The Associated Press learned Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Justin Lynch / AP Photo

New Fund Supports Transitional Justice In Africa

When a country begins to emerge from a period of conflict, its ordinary justice system may prove insufficient to address large-scale human rights violations. At that point, countries may turn to a system of transitional justice, which prioritizes victims’ dignity. Transitional justice can take many forms, including criminal prosecutions of perpetrators, reparations, legal reform or fact-finding processes to look into human rights violations. To encourage such efforts, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation last month announced the launch of the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund. The Fund will support the new African Union Transitional Justice Policy, as well as the implementation of transitional justice efforts in Africa more broadly, beginning with a focus on Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. “Through community-based initiatives and survivor-led groups, we will help to rebuild communities and reactivate the agency of victims and survivors in societies,” Makmid Kamara, project director of the Fund, said. In studio to discuss plans for the Fund and transitional justice initiative in Africa is Yvonne Darkwa-Poku. She is a senior program officer of human rights at the MacArthur Foundation.