Cape Town Launch

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: Events, Gender, Publications, Sudan |

All you Cape Townians!

If you plan to do anything this week, come to the launch of the IJR’s latest book, ‘Hope, Pain & Patience – The Lives of Women in South Sudan‘. Edited by Friederike Bubenzer and Orly Stern, this is among the first volumes released that focuses on gender since South Sudan became independent in early July.

The event will include readings from both editors, and plenty of time for Q&A!

Event details:

14 September 2011, 17:30-19:30

The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town

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Northern Uganda Policy Briefs

Posted on September 12, 2011. Filed under: Gender, Publications, Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Uganda |

The Justice and Reconciliation in Africa programme at the IJR has recently released four new policy briefs, together with the Justice and Reconciliation Project. The briefs focus on Northern Uganda, as the region tries to recover after more than two decades of war (click here for a chronology of events). The release of these policy briefs coincides with the commencement of War Crimes trials, with the case against Lord’s Resistance Army commander Thomas Kwoyelo commencing in the High Court in Gulu in July (more here).

The policy briefs can be accessed by following the links below (in PDF), and your feedback and comments are welcome!

Gender Justice and Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

Pay Us So We Can Forget: Reparations for Victims and Affected Communities in Northern Uganda

Traditional Justice and War Crimes in Northern Uganda

Missing stories: Truth-seeking Processes in Northern Uganda

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Reviews: In the Balance

Posted on October 6, 2010. Filed under: Publications, Reconciliation |

I just came across the very interesting Writing Rights blog of the Centre for Law and Social Justice, established by Zackie Achmat and Gavin Silber – well worth a visit!

Today, Zackie Achmat has also re-posted his essay published earlier this year in In The Balance, based on an interview with Brad Brockman.

Reviews from Tonight and Die Beeld are also re-posted, but watch this space for a forthcoming review in the SA Reconciliation Barometer newsletter. Read the essay and book reviews post here!

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In The Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Publications, Reconciliation |

Heads up! In the next few weeks, look out for a new book edited by IJR Executive Director Fanie du Toit and Senior Research Fellow Erik Doxtader– soon to be on book shelves (not to mention, in soccer stadiums, coffee bars, taxi ranks… you get the idea!) around the country.

In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation features new analysis of the current state of reconciliation in South Africa, by leading thinkers and activists from civil society, politics, the academy and the media. Here’s the official blurb…

In the Balance opens a space for critical and imaginative reflection on the contested legacy,  contemporary meanings, and future possibilities of reconciliation in South Africa. With essays from a diverse and leading set of commentators, the title aims to move beyond current thinking about reconciliation.

Presenting the good news with the bad, the staunch advocates of reconciliation along with its  sharpest critics, this book seeks to provide individuals, citizens and the public with ideas about how and why they might wish to undertake their own discussions and deliberations about the meaning and value of reconciliation.

Want to be the first in your dorpie with a copy? Download the In the Balance order form and or click here for more information from Jacana publishers. And book launch details coming soon!

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IJR Looking for Authors

Posted on June 10, 2010. Filed under: Publications |

The IJR’s Transitional Justice in Africa programme, together with partner organisations in Sudan, is currently commissioning Sudanese and non-Sudanese authors to contribute to new book documenting the lives of women in South Sudan.

The book aims to contribute a new platform for the voices of South Sudanese women and will also provide a unique gendered perspective on the country’s past as well as its people’s hope for the future. IJR’s local partners have emphasised that such a book is necessary in order to ensure the preservation of historical narrative in Sudan, for the benefit of present and future generations.

We have had a wonderful response so far but are seeking a few more authors.  Anyone interested should please contact Friederike Bubenzer on, or leave a comment on this post.

See Friederike’s post on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network site here.

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Response to new publications from IJR

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Publications |

Last week, I posted three research papers recently released by the IJR’s Transitional Justice in Africa programme.

I am delighted to see that these papers have been well-received. Restorative Justice online has re-posted extracts from Ozonnia Ojielo’s paper,  Critical Lessons in Post-Conflict Security in Africa: The case of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. By way of review, the site notes that the paper contains “an excellent description of the conflict that led to the TRC.”

Zimpolitic, a blog that “offers a forum for the exchange of information on the politics in Zimbabwe and its implications to the protection and promotion of human rights in the country”, has re-posted National Healing and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: Challenges and Opportunities by Pamela Machakanja. Zimpolitic writes,

“The paper highlights the importance of instituting transitional justice mechanisms including truth seeking and truth telling if Zimbabwe is to close a sad chapter in its history and open a new chapter that instills durable and sustainable peace for all Zimbabweans. Indeed there cannot be durable peace in Zimbabwe unless the historical prejudices and imbalances are remedied as the victims will always seek revenge at personal level thus making it difficult to have a stable and peaceful nation. The paper is worth reading for those in the field of peace, justice and human rights…”

More feedback? Please leave a comment below!

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New titles from IJR’s Africa Programme

Posted on May 17, 2010. Filed under: Publications, Transitional Justice |

The IJR’s Transitional Justice in Africa programme is delighted to announce release of the following papers in its publication series:

Sudan’s Comprehensive peace Agreement viewed through the eyes of the women of South Sudan Amel Aldehaib

National Healing and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: Challenges and Opportunities Pamela Machakanja

Critical Lessons in Post-Conflict Security in Africa: The case of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Ozonnia Ojielo

Any feedback or interested in receiving hard copies? Leave a comment below!

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