KADEM’s interest in Transitional Justice in the Arab region dates back to early 2008, given the importance of such process in ensuring successful transitions. A series of brainstorming meetings and workshops across the region yielded a strategy of action, a roster of expertise, and a growing dynamics involving actors from the region and elsewhere. These founding steps led, in subsequent years, to the development of comprehensive programs and diverse projects, positioning the Center as one of the main actors of Transitional Justice in the region liaising with different national, regional and international institutions.
The Arab Working Group on Transitional Justice was established in Manama, Bahrain, on March 28, 2009.
The initiative was launched by KADEM in partnership with the “Arab Democracy Foundation”, the “Arab Institute for Human Rights”, “No Peace Without Justice”, “Bahrain Human Rights Society” and the “National Centre for Studies (Bahrain)”. Most of these partners took part in national and regional activities related to transitional justice.
The Arab Working Group on Transitional Justice is a multidisciplinary group that includes lawyers, legal advisors, and academicians, along with human rights/democracy activists from over 10 Arab countries.
The Scientific Coordinator of the Group, Mr. Chaouqui Benyoub, is a former member of the Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission, and one of the most prominent Transitional Justice experts in the Arab region.
The Group met on several occasions and organized a series of activities across the Arab region and beyond. Its work is based on a strategy adopted in line with the Reference Document of the Group.
The Transitional Justice Academy is a joint initiative aimed at offering a conceptual space for key stakeholders and actors in Tunisia (and other Arab countries). It provides knowledge and capacity-building in transitional justice issues.
The Academy offers a stable framework within which training workshops can be organized, and serves as a source of knowledge and information on transitional justice.
The Academy helps to guarantee adequate training, through developing a comprehensive program that involves training seminars, advanced courses and follow-up sessions.
The Academy is open to new partners seeking to carry out capacity-building activities in the field of transitional justice. It provides them with technical support, expertise and contacts.
The Transitional Justice Barometer project is part of civil society’s efforts to contribute to the transitional justice process in Tunisia, particularly the research component of it .
The project involves :
The project involves the establishment of a research unit that will be active during a couple of years. Its task is to carry out studies and research, as well as to help organizations working in the field of transitional justice to conduct studies related to their activities.
Aware of the importance of Transitional Justice during transitional periods, KADEM has turned all its focus and mobilized all its human and financial resources for Tunisia which entered a period of transition early 2011.
During a conference on “Investigation Commissions and Transitional Justice” that it organized in February 2011, KADEM was the first organization to evoke Transitional Justice as part of the process of transition in Tunisia. It then launched its combined work of advocacy and capacity-building. In this context, it developed several projects and activities in partnership mainly with GIZ, NPWJ, and UNDP, but also with other partners such as FH, FNS, ICTJ, and OHCHR.
KADEM was also present in several national events organized by the “Tunisian Independent National Coordination for Transitional Justice” and also by the “Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice” as part of the “Commission for National Dialogue on Transitional Justice”.
KADEM’s interest in Transitional Justice in the Arab region dates back to early 2008, given the importance of such process in ensuring successful transitions. A series of brainstorming meetings and workshops yielded a strategy of action, a roster of expertise, and a growing dynamics involving actors from the region and elsewhere. These founding steps led, in subsequent years, to the development of comprehensive programs and diverse projects, positioning the Center as one of the main actors of Transitional Justice in the region liaising with different national, regional and international institutions.
Aware of the importance of being involved in the process of Transitional Justice in Tunisia and beyond, KADEM has engaged in a number of national and regional initiatives and activities, through organizing events, publishing books, and lobbying for legal reforms.
Amongst these contributions, the most important are the participation in the dynamics of international justice in the ICC, the incorporation of socio-economic rights in transitional justice, and the lobbying for transitional justice in the Arab region and beyond.