The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security works to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the United Nations and around the world.Since 2000 we have been working to bring the voices of womens rights defenders and local peacebuilders into the New York peace and security discussions. It serves as a bridge between womens human rights defenders and peacebuilders working in conflict-affected situations and senior policy-makers at UN Headquarters.
Helsinki Committees have begun to emerge after the signing of the Final Helsinki Act in May 1975. Presently, they exist in 34 countries. Its goal is to protect citizens through monitoring the fulfillment of governmental responsibilities regarding human rights and freedoms, as adopted by the country through international agreements.
OMCT allows various member NGOs to gain specialised knowledge on the workings of UN human rights bodies. According to the principle of on-hand training, OMCT works with local NGOs on the preparation of Alternative reports that are presented to UN committees, such as the Human Rights Committee and the Committee against Torture.
Gross human rights violations and reparation under international law: approaching rehabilitation as a form of reparation
The strengthening of international criminal law through an increased focus on the right to reparation and rehabilitation for victims of crimes against humanity is an important challenge to health professionals, particularly in the field of trauma research and treatment. A brief outline of developments within international law and justice is presented, with a focus on the right to reparation including the means for rehabilitation. The active presence of trauma-informed health professionals is a priority. The issues raised within the context of states obligations to provide and ensure redress and rehabilitation to those subjected to torture are discussed, and in particular how rehabilitation can be understood and responded to by health professionals.
Action Against Torture. This guide is intended as an auxiliary instrument to the Istanbul Protocol and has been developed as a source of practical reference for lawyers engaged in the investigation and documentation of cases of alleged torture.
Compilation of different cases of transitional justice processes undertaken by states that have undergone an armed conflict and aim at building peace while demanding accountability from those responsible for human rights violations committed in the past.
The report is to highlight key issues and lessons learned from the worldwide work of United Nations Commissions in their experiences in the promotion of justice and the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict societies. Specially the leanings that have been a raised during the work with societies that have been victims of large-scale abuses. The concepts of Justice, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice that United Nations commissions worldwide takes as point of referent are also explained in this report.
International Center for Transitional Justice ICTJ
Short overview over the project on gender and reparations, ICTJ presents and is holding on with.
United States Institute of Peace
This report summarizes the challenges in supporting women in the process of transitional justice, also focusing on the important role women play here. There are also suggestions how to implement solutions (24 pages, .pdf, for historical reference).
Karen Campbell-Nelson, Ed.D.
Liberia provides an interesting case study of the role women have played in peace building in the West African context. Liberian women played an integral role in bringing an end to armed conflict.