Dealing with the Past
Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations is one of the greatest challenges facing societies in the aftermath of violent conflict. Research suggests that there is a relationship between the ability to address this legacy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner and the potential to develop sustainable peace. The swisspeace Dealing with the Past (DwP) Program supports governmental and non-governmental actors in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DwP activities. The program provides a wide range of training opportunities and contributes to the research-policy nexus through its research projects, conferences, publications and teaching.
The biggest project of the DwP Program at swisspeace currently is:
The Archives and Dealing with the Past project provides support to actors in the field of transitional justice and dealing with the past related to the protection, preservation and management of human rights archives. Learn more
Latest Activities and Publications
Radio Chico, 2016
Interview with Ulrike Lühe
On Radio Chico, Ulrike Lühe is interviewed on topics of dealing with the past, her research, and how Mozambaique is coping with atrocities committed during its civil war. Listen to the interview (in German)
Sandra Rubli and Elisabeth Baumgartner, 2016
Gender and Dealing with the Past
Dealing with the Past Newsletter (2/2016)
5-13 July 2016
Advanced Learning Course for Professionals
swisspeace organized the "Advanced Learning Course for Professionals" on Dealing with the Past in Münchwiler, Switzerland jointly with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. About the course.
Observation of the criminal case related to the 2011 incidents in Yalisika, DR Congo
The report covers the trial observation of the first instance criminal trial against Colonel Koyo et al in the Yalisika case. The trial lasted from June 2015 to December 2015 and was heard by the Military Court of the Équateur Province in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Trial observation report.