Transitional justice and security system reform
Laura Davis | Initiative for Peacebuilding | 2009
Reforming the security system in postconflict environments to ensure security agents become protectors of the population is vital for peacebuilding and state-building. Justice-sensitive SSR aims to prevent recurrence and repetition of human rights violations by reforming abusive institutions, increasing their integrity, accountability and legitimacy, and transforming the institution’s role in society, including by empowering the citizens.
This paper draws on research into SSR and transitional justice in Afghanistan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Timor-Leste, and suggests ways in which the EU could improve the substance of its SSR programming and implementation by drawing on lessons from these cases.