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.
Latest Activities and Publications
26 - 29 August 2015
ECPR General Conference
swisspeace PhD candidate Julie Bernath co-convened the Human Rights and Transitional Justice (TJ) section of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) at the General Conference of the University of Montreal. Senior researcher Briony Jones presented her research on Côte d'Ivoire. More information
Beobachter, 10 July 2015
Völkermord: Srebrenica hat die Welt verändert
Interview with Elisabeth Baumgartner, Head of the Dealing with the Past Program at swisspeace, on the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Screbrenica. Link
30 June 2015
The fight against impunity in Guatemala. Perspectives and challenges
KOFF and Guatemalanetz Bern organized the screening of the documentary “Burden of Peace” and a panel discussion on “The fight against impunity in Guatemala”.
Mandate for the FDFA, 2015
Atelier Traitement du Passé pour l’Afrique francophone
swisspeace conducted a regional Workshop in Dakar, Senegal, 27 April – 1 May 2015 for the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and the Prevention of Atrocities of the FDFA.
4 - 10 May 2015
CAS Dealing with the Past Course
This course focused on the potentials and challenges of designing a Dealing with the Past process, and the ways in which actors can work together to ensure effective policy decision-making. More Information.