Guidance Note: the Role of Archives in Transitional Justice


The guidance note summarises the discussion of the workshop that centred on an exchange of the role of different types of archives in transitional justice and on the experiences in building and preserving the documentation of human rights violations. The guidance notes reflects further on

  1. The nature of archives

  2. Risks and challenges and how to mitigate those

  3. Conceptual issues

The workshop discussions revealed that different types of archives such as state-led archives, civil society archives or international archives play different roles in transitional justice. However, this needs further unpacking and detailed research into the different types of archives, the stages of a transitional justice process and the societal and political context and the interplay between these factors. We hope the workshop and this guidance note will kick-off more in depth discussions and reflections on the role of archives in transitional justice processes.

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