Press Release

TUNIS/NEW YORK, April 12, 2011—The proceedings at the ‘Addressing the Past, Building the Future: Justice in Times of Transition’ conference, which is to be held in Tunis April 14-15, will be reported on a conference blog set up by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).

The conference will gather some 150 prominent regional and international experts and activists to discuss the challenges of addressing past human rights abuses in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa emerging from dictatorial rule. The two-day event will cover justice mechanisms that include criminal trials, truth-seeking, institutional reform, gender justice, and reparations.

The conference is jointly hosted by the Arab Institute for Human Rights, ICTJ, the Tunisian League for Human Rights, and the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, and will be opened by the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Mr. Beji Kaïed Sebsi.

ICTJ will present the developments and discussions from this important event on a special conference blog which can be followed at The blog will cover all six sessions of the conference through written reports, live Twitter feeds, photos and other content. Resources including the agenda and biographies of speakers will also be posted.

In addition to providing information and resources about the conference, the blog will serve as a discussion forum on how to translate demands for justice and accountability of historic popular revolutions in the region into concrete measure that address past human rights violations.

About ICTJ

The International Center for Transitional Justice works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse. ICTJ seeks holistic solutions to promote accountability and create just and peaceful societies. For more information,


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