West Africa Regional Consultation on the Implementation of the AU Transitional Justice Policy


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16 April 2020

In August 2019, the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union, in partnership with the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF) and with funding and technical support from MacArthur Foundation, held a two-day regional meeting in Accra, Ghana, for representatives from Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), civil society and Member States to discuss implementation of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy.

The meeting brought together fifty (50) participants from fourteen (14) ECOWAS Member States, and AU Member States composed of regional bodies, representatives of Government, state and non-state actors, CSOs, stakeholders in human rights and transitional justice. The objective of the meeting was to brainstorm on transitional justice issues in Africa and the AUTJP with the aim of promoting its effective implementation in the region. The workshop aimed at building on the adoption of the policy to assuage appreciation of its indicative elements, principles and standards, for national ownership by Member States. The West Africa consultation is the first in the series of the sub-regional engagement and will be replicated in all sub-regions of the continent to ensure continental coverage.

This report presents the outcome of the West African Regional Consultation and Capacity building workshop held in Accra, Ghana.