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

03 - 07 November 2014

Asian Exchange Meeting

swisspeace, together with Impunity Watch and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), organised an Asian Exchange Meeting on “Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary Transitional Justice Measure – Exchange and Policy Development in Asia” in Bangkok, including civil society organisations and victims’ groups from several Asian countries. More information.


27 - 30 September 2014

Regional Dealing with the Past Workshop North Africa

swisspeace's “Archives and Dealing with the Past” project and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs jointly organized this workshop in Aswan, Egypt. More information.


23 September 2014

EEAS Workshop on Colombian peace process

swisspeace expert Lisa Ott took part in the EEAS Workshop on the Colombian peace process and prospects for EU support. More Information on EEAS in Latin America.


31 August - 12 September 2014

Swiss Peacebuilding Training Course 2014

swisspeace conducted this training in Stans from 31 August to 12 September in collaboration with the FDFA, HSD, GCSP and SWISSINT. International participants had the opportunity to deepen knowledge about conflict and peacebuilding as well as to enhance skills for peacebuilding projects. More information.


04 - 05 September 2014

Expert Workshop on Archives in the Context of the Right to Know

The swisspeace “Archives and Dealing with the Past” Project, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the ICRC co-organised an expert workshop on Archives in the Context of the Right to Know in Geneva. It brought together 21 experts specialized in archives in transitional situations to provide input and advice on the recommendation to develop international standards on archiving.