War Victims Build Movement for Justice – March 30-31, 2011

Representatives of civilian war victims associations from all over Afghanistan will gather in Kabul March 30-31 to share their experiences and strengthen the national war victims’ movement at a moment when civilian deaths are increasing and justice is at risk of being sacrificed for political expediency.

The two-day conference is being organized by the Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG), a leading civil society coalition that advocates for the rights of victims of war and oppression. In May of last year, the TJCG held a ‘Victims Jirga,’ Afghanistan’s first ever national gathering of civilian war victims and their advocates after more than three decades of armed conflict.

The March 2011 conference will build on the achievements of the Victims Jirga by strengthening cooperation between victims’ groups in different regions and building trust among victims from different eras of conflict and segments of Afghan society.

Activists will be updated on pressing human rights issues and political developments affecting transitional justice, including the implementation of the government’s reconciliation and reintegration plan.

Parliamentarians, members of provincial councils and international experts will also be in attendance.

The conference is supported by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the Estonian Embassy, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Open Society Afghanistan (OSI), and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

Conference Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm, March 30 – 31, 2011

Venue: Kabul University Road, in front of Ministry of Higher Education- Mowj Mursal Hotel.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Simultaneous translation into English will be provided during the conference. Special interview opportunities with the participants of the conference will be possible during the tea and lunch breaks. Please confirm your presence in advance. For more information, contact tjcgafghanistan[at]gmail[dot]com or 0777315029

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Wave of Civilian Casualties Underscores Importance of Victims’ Rights in Peace Process

Kabul, February 27, 2011

Responding to the recent wave of deadly attacks against civilians, the Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG), a leading Afghan civil society coalition, Sunday called for the Afghan government and international community to take immediate action to ensure that human rights are protected in national peacebuilding. The coalition also called for an end to air strikes in populated areas and the extension of due process to individuals held on suspicion of involvement in crimes of war. Continue reading

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The Statement of the One-Day Conference on Justice and Reconciliation

Kabul, November 10, 2010

Several decades of war, instability, and persistent insecurity in Afghanistan has made the
need for sustainable peace urgent and necessary particularly as the level of safety has
become progressively deteriorated. Continuation of war and insecurity has not only
destroyed the socio-political fabric of society, but has had a drastic psychological impact
on the people of Afghanistan.

Today, when thinking and talking of peace, we should pay more attention to healing the
social and psychological wounds of society, as sustainable peace cannot be achieved
without paying attention to the needs of victims. Therefore, addressing issues of justice
should be a priority in the process of strengthening peace in the country given that justice
is as integral to sustainable peace as security. Continue reading

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Open Letter to the Participants of the Kabul Conference (Dari)

نامه سرگشاده گروه عدالت انتقالی به اشتراک کننده گان کنفرانس کابل

شما ما را نمی شنوید!

13 جولای 2010

خانم ها، آقایان

چشم پوشی از عدالت در روند ایجاد صلح نه تنها کمک به ایجاد صلح نمی کند بلکه خود عاملی برای تداوم نا امنی، جنگ و خشونت، می باشد. یکی از دلایل دهه های متمادی و پایان ناپذیر جنگ در افغانستان، بی عدالتی بوده است. ایجاد جامعه ای استوار بر ارزشها و کرامت انسانی مستلزم تعمیق و ترویج فرهنگ مسئولیت پذیری و پاسخگویی می باشد؛ در حالی که دامن زدن به فرهنگ معافیت و مصونیت و عدم پاسخگویی به جنایات فاجعه بار گذشته و حال و بی اعتنایی به خواست دادخواهانه میلیونها قربانی برجای مانده از دهه های متمادی جنگ نه تنها ما را در مسیر صلح رهنمون نخواهد کرد بلکه بیم آن می رود که شعله های جنگ را افروخته تر سازد. ما باور داریم تا زمانی که عدالت تحقق نیابد، هیچ صلحی در افغانستان پایدار نخواهد بود. تجربه چندین مصالحه حکومتی در سه دهه اخیر، به روشنی پیامدهای زیانبار رویکردهای کوته اندیشانه همچون ” صلح قبل از عدالت” را برای روند دولت – ملت سازی نشان داده است Continue reading

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Open Letter to the Participants of the Kabul Conference – You Do Not Hear Us!

13 July, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ignoring justice on the road to peace will not help create peace, but rather serve as a means of perpetuating insecurity, war and violence. Injustice has been one of the causes of unending decades-long war in Afghanistan. Creating a society based on human values and dignity requires the promotion and institutionalization of the culture of accountability. Promotion of the culture of impunity and unaccountability for atrocities of the past and the present and inattentiveness to demands for justice of millions of victims of several decades of war will not lead us down the path of peace; it is only likely to further ignite the flames of war. We believe that no peace will ever last in Afghanistan so long as justice has not been implemented. The experience of several government-level compromises over the course of the past three decades has clearly illustrated the harmful consequences of short-sighted approaches such as “peace before justice” for the state building process. Continue reading

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Media Campaign – “These Attitudes Will Not Reconcile Afghanistan”

Image via TJCG member The Killid Group.

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Media Campaign – “Silence Will Not Reconcile Afghanistan”

Image via TJCG member The Killid Group.

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