Peace and justice are inevitable part of any post-conflict reconciliation. It is therefore necessary to streamline efforts aimed at strengthening the linkage between them while ensuring broad participation of civil society to this aim. This would not only serve to bringing justice and broaden the rule of law, but would also help healing wounds thereby contributing to post-conflict peace- building and reconciliation processes through the multi-stakeholder approach.
Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience (CAP Freedom of Conscience) together with Budapest Center Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP), European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO) and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan envisions to hold a side-event which will focus on the significance of transitional justice and dialogue in promoting mutual understanding and reconciliation in post-conflict environment.
During the side-event to be organized through the collaboration of experts invited, they will refer to the UN experience in promoting transitional justice as well as present experience of civil society actors from post–conflict cases such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, South Caucuses.
The NGO community with expertise on these and similar cases will be called upon to share know- how and best practices to facilitate dialogue between civil societies in post-conflict environments.
Welcome remarks by Amb, Mr. Galib Israfilov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva;
High–level opening remarks:
(TBC)Moderator: Ms. Ajša Hadžimeši , Member of the Editorial Board of Gazette Preporod, Media Center of Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
Panelists: Mr. Thierry Valle, Director of CAP Freedom of Conscience;
Ms. Munira Subasic, President of Association Mothers of Srebrenica;
Mr. Antonio Stango, President of the Italian Federation for Human Rights; Mr. Tahir Basharat Quraishy, General Director of EMISCO;
Mr. Gyorgy Tatar, Director of the BCMAP
The panel presentation will be followed by Q&A session.
The side event will mainly aim to address the importance of access to justice for peace and reconciliation in post conflict settings, including through sharing good practices, challenges, and obstacles.
The side-event is also envisaged to develop recommendations and create platform for representatives of the civil societies in the South Caucasus to exchange views on the hard topics on the way to reconciliation as part of larger efforts to contribute to post-conflict normalization.