New Media on Post-Conflict Justice

Unique New Media on Post-Conflict Justice Launched Today

Fondation Hirondelle today launches the first bilingual (English and French) media of international scope covering justice and reconciliation processes following state crimes and mass violence. is a partnership between Fondation Hirondelle, Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). It aims to be the go-to international media on transitional justice. believes that justice and reconciliation processes should go hand in hand with the right to information. But in transitional societies, especially those of the South, access to sources of confirmed and documented information often remains difficult. aims to respond to this need amongst the populations of transitional societies, and also to the needs of local and international decision-makers, researchers and all those who are interested in these fundamental issues. is an independent, electronic media platform providing reports and analysis on what is happening in transitional societies. provides regular coverage of truth commissions, war crimes trials, reparations and reconciliation programmes, and ways of dealing with the past. tells how wounded societies are rebuilding, how they are punishing crimes, how they are learning to forgive. These are key crossover issues touching on justice and politics, law and ethics, that come up in all peace and reconciliation processes. From Colombia to Nepal, South Africa to the Balkans, what is at stake is of fundamental importance. The way the past is dealt with defines the values of the present and societal choices that affect the future.

As well as bringing news, will provide analysis, debate, discussion, opinion and background. It will provide diverse content, including text, audio, video and infographics, in English and French. We encourage sharing of our freely reusable content. has the collaboration of Fondation Hirondelle journalists working in its different media (mostly radio stations), as well as a network of international correspondents.

To mark its launch, organises with our partner OTJR and the Centre for Criminology of the Faculty of Law the international workshop ‘Innovative Media for Change‘, on the opportunities and challenges of media cooperation in Transitional Justice, which will be held on 22 and 23 June 2015 at the University of Oxford.

Fondation Hirondelle was created 20 years ago, in the wake of the Rwandan Genocide. Since 1995, it has been creating or supporting independent, civic-minded news media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones. is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme in Tunisia through its support to the transitional justice process.

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