Following the adoption of the Truth and Reconciliation Law in Burundi on May 15, 2014, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) together with Quaker organizations in Burundi developed a model for the Transitional Justice in Burundi.
This model complements what other actors in Burundi have developed and has five pillars:
- Positive relations
- Leadership development
- Community empowerment
AFSC has been supporting transitional justice mechanisms in Burundi for many years, contributing to minimizing violence that may arise as a result of citizens rejecting policies put in place.
Through the Dialogue and Exchange Program (DEP), the Burundi program has been able to organize an international conference on Lessons Learned on Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in Africa in 2011 and a study tour of Burundian parliamentarians to Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013.
AFSC has also been working with the Burundi Reflection Group on Transitional Justice and Quaker Peace Network to move the national reconciliation process forward.
With the support of AFSC and other Quaker organizations, this model on transitional justice was launched in Burundi in the presence of the First Vice President of the Burundi National Assembly, civil society organizations, the United Nations, and other international organizations working in the domain of transitional justice.
To read more on this model, download the PDF below.