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
Another project of the DwP Program at swisspeace currently is:
The project "Knowledge for Peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies” aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how research and knowledge about peace and its components are generated and how the politics of knowledge production impact policy making. Learn more
Latest Activities and Publications
Albanian Authority on the Sigurimi Files, 31 May 2017
Lessons from the Stasi Records Agency
Nicola Diday participated in a visit of the Albanian Authority on the Sigurimi files at the Stasi Records Agency in Berlin. The goal of the visit was to learn from the experience of the Stasi Records Agency in making accessible the records of the former secret police of Eastern Germany.
swisspeace, May 2017
Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences Award
Julie Bernath was awarded the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences award for her for her published article "Complex Political Victims in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity: Reflections from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal" in the International Journal on Transitional Justice.
Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Mali
swisspeace will be supporting the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Mali for a year in questions regarding archives and memory work. Rahel von Arx and Elisabeth Baumgartner undertook a first evaluation mission in Bamako in mid-May.
Dealing with the Past Newsletter (1/2017)
Mandate for UNDP Albania, 2017
Sigurimi Files in Albania
In the framework of a mandate by UNDP Albania swisspeace participated at a retreat of the Albanian Authority on the Sigurimi Files which is responsible to make accessible the records of the former secret communist police in Albania. Amongst others Nicola Diday provided an input on international experience in using archives for dealing with the past and made recommendations to the Authority.