African Perspectives on the Appointment and Mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-recurrence
Friederike Bubenzer et al. | Institute for Justice and Reconciliation | 2012
On 26 September 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed resolution A/HRC/ RES/18/7, creating a new special-procedures mandate for a Special Rapporteur (SR) on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-recurrence.
The announcement was welcomed by human-rights and peacebuilding organisations around the world as an important development in establishing increased accountability for human-rights violations and atrocities committed during violent conflict.
The mandate came almost 14 years after former SR, Louis Joinet, a UNappointed expert on the human-rights situation in Haiti, submitted a report outlining a fundamental set of principles to combat impunity in 1997. These have since become known as the Joinet Principles. In 2007, the Chicago Principles on Post-Conflict Justice provided seven widely accepted guidelines on addressing post-conflict justice.