Kosovans Learn on Transitional Justice from Northern Ireland

Apr 18, 2014

UNDP, OHCHR and the Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) organized a study trip entitled “Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Northern Ireland”. Through this, six civil society members and four representatives from Kosovo institutions engaged in transitional justice issues traveled to Belfast and Derry/Londonderry from 13-17 April to learn about the Northern Ireland conflict and the peace process.

The participants met with academics and practitioners at the Transitional Justice Institute, the Deputy Major of Derry/Londonderry, the Pat FINUCANE center, Prof. Brandon Hamber (Director of INCORE), the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Committee on the Administration of Justice, Healing Through Remembering as well as members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Northern Ireland was chosen as a destination for the study trip as this region has experienced a long and complex conflict and has engaged in various peace processes, conflict transformation and transitional justice mechanisms.

In various seminars, meetings and discussions with academics, CSO activists, and representatives from institutions, the Kosovo study visit participants explored approaches and mechanisms applied in Northern Ireland. They also gained insight into lessons learned and how to deal with sensitive and still contested issues. Kosovo participants were also interested in the relationship and cooperation between government institutions and CSOs in the area of transitional justice.

This study visit aimed to strengthen the knowledge of actors engaged in a transitional justice process in Kosovo.

UNDP and OHCHR are jointly implementing a multi-annual project to support transitional justice in Kosovo.