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

6-7 October 2016

International Expert Working Meeting: Safe havens for archives at risk

At this international expert working meeting at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, the goal was to convene sending and receiving institutions as well as experts and practitioners to jointly discuss the needs, challenges, good practice and the way forward of safe havens for archives at risk. The expert meeting was organized by swisspeace in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

26-28 September 2016

Workshop on Memorialization

swisspeace participated in a workshop on memorialization in Tunisia organized by the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission and UNDP.

Radio Chico, 23 September 2016

Weltfriedenswoche: Thema Vergangenheitsarbeit

Interview with Ulrike Lühe on dealing with the past and her research. Interview (in German)

Sandra Rubli and Elisabeth Baumgartner, 2016

Gender and Dealing with the Past

swisspeace Essential 4|2016 (new edition). Download the Essential in Arabic and English.

swisspeace, 2016

Dealing with the Past Newsletter (2/2016)

Find the latest information about the activities of swisspeace's Dealing with the Past (DwP) team in the new DwP Newsletter. Link / Registration