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Nigeria: The Colonial Legacy and Transitional Justice

This report provides an overview of the legacies of colonisation and demonstrates its impact on transitional justice in Nigeria. It argues that the current injustices in Nigeria are strongly connected to the country’s colonial history. Colonial po…

Practitioner Perspectives on Transitional Justice: Tunisia

This brief provides an outline of the key transitional mechanisms and institutions that were established, while highlighting factors that enabled the transition as well as the challenges that face the newly democratic Tunisia. There is hope that Tun…

Re-integration of Ex-offenders: Opportunities for the Community Work Programme to Assist in the Community Re-integration of Ex-offenders

The Community Work Programme (CWP) has recruited ex-offenders as participants in some of their sites across the country. Because CWP provides income opportunities, engages participants in community upliftment, and builds new relationships among p…

Substance Abuse in South Africa, its Linkages with Gender Based Violence and Urban Violence

Substance abuse is a global phenomenon, and South Africa is not immune to this pervasive problem. While the state has enacted a number of policies and initiatives in an attempt to deal with substance abuse, it is important that South Africa design…

When Spider Webs Unite They can Tie up a Lion: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises for Spinning a Web of Enhanced Relationships

This publication brings together key insights from the Learning Series and a compilation of the exercises used during the various sessions.This learning series were born out of the identified need for human rights activists and lawyers to develop or…

What Lies Beyond? Delving Below the Surface of Conflict: A Treasure Trove of Exercises, Tools and Perspectives on Transforming Conflict and How we Relate to It

The so-called 'Learning Series on the Nexus between Human Rights and Conflict Transformation' focused on bringing peace practitioners and emerging leaders in human rights in to conversation. Engaging Zimbabwean CSO actors - some with an explicit pu…

Developing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model: A Contextually-informed, Evidence-based Psychosocial Model for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture: Part 2 - Detailing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model through Engagement....

Torture remains a reality in many countries around the world. As one of the largest recipients of refugees in the world, South Africa has become home to many victims of this extreme form of human rights violation. Sadly torture continues to be perpe…

Developing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model: A Contextually-informed, Evidence-based Psychosocial Model for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture: Part 1 - Setting the Foundations of an African Torture Rehabilitation Model through Research

Torture remains a reality in many countries around the world. As one of the largest recipients of refugees in the world, South Africa has become home to many victims of this extreme form of human rights violation. The impacts of torture are diverse …

Finding our Way: Developing a Community Work Model for Addressing Torture

Why do community interventions? And why do community interventions in relation to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT) in South Africa? The literature points to a number of gains as regards community interventions: they are like…

When there is a Gap in Law: Bridging Gaps Through Implementation of the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act 13 of 2013

After 16 years of delays, South Africa finally enacted the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act (“the Act”) in July 2013. The Act domesticates the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatmen…

Towards Improving Forced Migrant Access to Health and Psychosocial Rights in Urban South Africa - A Focus on Johannesburg

This issue brief is a quick reference guide regarding urban forced migrant access to their legally guaranteed health and psychosocial rights in Johannesburg. We focus on the urban as, in the South African context, forced migrants are mostly found …

Homophobia, Injustice and 'Corrective Rape' in Post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africa has extremely high rates of sexual violence, and rape has been used in the country as a way to “punish” women who do not conform to normative ideals of femininity in different ways over time. This report offers a critique of the terms…

Psychosocial Models for Prevention and Wellbeing: Addressing Authority-based Violence in Urban Neighbourhoods

This paper argues for the need to develop psychosocial approaches that focus on combining preventative and healing work through community-led interventions with risk groups, their families, their neighbours and wider communities, and finally the aut…

Urban Land and the Genesis of Violence

The question of land has been a burning issue in the history of South Africa. Under colonialism and apartheid, various laws and policies were used to dispossess and force black people from their ancestral land. Since the democratic transition in 19…

Transitioning Toward Gender Justice: A Trend Analysis of 13 African cases

Gender justice sees equal power relations, privilege, dignity, and freedom for people of different genders as a necessary component for any “just” society and a prerequisite for development. Gender justice includes gender equality, meaning substan…

What Drives Violence in South Africa?

This research brief outlines the literature on drivers of violence in South Africa and then puts it in context by summarising views on violence among community members who work with CSVR in four local communities. The brief shows that violence preve…

Participatory Methods in Violence Prevention: Lessons from CSVR's Collaboration with the Community Work Programme in South Africa

CSVR has been conducting research on South Africa’s Community Work Programme (CWP) since 2010. In 2016, the organisation commenced with an effort to strengthen urban violence prevention interventions carried out by CWP through their work. This rep…

Summative Report: Learnings from Participants' Reflections on the Strengthening Urban Violence Prevention Through the Community Work Programme (CWP) Project

Reflecting on the participants’ experiences, it seemed that the project had both strengths and weaknesses in its different phases. Related to the training, participants reported increased knowledge, changes in their attitudes and personal lives as…

Traditional Transitional Justice Mechanisms - Lessons from Africa

Transitional justice is widely accepted as a process for countries to employ when transitioning from authoritarian rule or armed conflict to democracy and in their quest to address legacies of systemic violence and human rights violations. As defi…

Addressing Gender Justice and Colonialism Through Transitional Justice in Africa

Transitional justice is a crucial element for the promotion of human rights, justice, peace, good governance and development in Africa. Africa as a continent with legacies of violence and human rights abuses requires that transitional justice proc…

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