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

swisspeace, 2015

Dealing with the Past Newsletter (1/2015)

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

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.