Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States


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This publication focuses on the means to strengthen archives through the identification of good practice for the management of different types of records and archives, highlighting considerations and issues for reform, and setting out steps and strategies to strengthen archives. The first chapter sets out the legal framework for the right to know the truth, and describes archives and the management of records at the national level. Chapter II presents steps and strategies to consider during the reform of national archives. Chapter III discusses the records used by transitional justice processes. Chapter IV sets out considerations for the management and preservation of records produced by transitional justice mechanisms. The final chapter looks at the role of the international community.




Archives are vital to the successful operation and outcome of all transitional justice processes. They are crucial to the exercise of individual rights, such as the right to know the truth about the circumstances in which violations took place and, in the event of death or disappearance, about the victims’ fate. Archives also play a key role in ensuring an undistorted written record, and the right of each people to know the truth about its past.


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