Ms Yasmin Sooka, the former FHR Executive Director and international human rights expert, will address the UN Security Council today, on 13 February 2020 at 5:00 pm South African time (10:00 am New York time). Ms Sooka together with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet and Mr Francisco de Roux, President of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition of Colombia will brief the Security Council in the Open Debate on Transitional Justice, which was initiated by the government of Belgium. The debate will be presided by Belgium’s Foreign Minister, Philippe Goffin. The live streaming of the Open Debate will be available through:
It will be the first time in history that the UN Security Council addresses transitional justice as a thematic issue. Since the 2004 UN Secretary General Report on the rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies, transitional justice has been increasingly incorporated in the activities and processes of the UN. The UN Security Council has made a reference to transitional justice in a number of its resolutions and the transitional justice framework has been incorporated into the mandate of several peacekeeping missions.
The main objective of the Open Debate is to explore the ways in which the Council can increase its effectiveness in dealing with transitional justice; better integrate transitional justice in its work and operations; and improve its support for victims and civil society.
For more information on the Open Debate check out https://www.whatsinblue.org/2020/02/transitional-justice-open-debate.php and https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/monthly-forecast/2020-02/transitional-justice.php