Sudan`s legacy of religious, ethnic and economic polarisation has culminated in the overwhelming vote for secession in the south. Although the Southern Sudan referendum has been heralded an advance towards stability and peace the challenge remains to transform Sudan into an equal inclusive society by equalizing the distribution of wealth and share in the benefits of political power. The reality of separation rather than signaling an entire parting of ways, has brought to the fore the necessity of establishing a sustainable framework for the peaceful coexistence of the north and the south. The resolution of the crisis in Darfur, which is symptomatic of the broader injustices and divisions that have characterised Sudan`s past is integral to the national challenge of establishing lasting peace and reconciliation. In addressing the crisis the role of international criminal justice is important to ensure accountability for atrocities and to bolster local judicial processes, together with truth, healing and reconciliation mechanisms.
The seminar will:
- Discuss and analyse the necessity to implement relevant justice mechanisms toward reconciliation and healing in North and South Sudan.
- Elucidate the challenges and prospects of implementing the AU Panel on Darfur`s integrated justice and reconciliation response to the crisis in Darfur and its recommendations on peace, justice and reconciliation, including the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- John Yoh, Principal Liaison Officer, South Sudan Liaison Office in South Africa
- Tim Murithi, Head of Transitional Justice in Africa Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
- Boitshoko Mokgatlhe, Senior Political Officer, African Union Liaison Office in Sudan
Jemima Njeri Kariri, Senior Researcher, International Crime in Africa Programme, ISS
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