Posted on 30 July 2014
CAHR is delighted to have secured a major, two year research grant (Euro 260,000) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research programme on Security and Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings. The research project is entitled 'A Transitional Justice Barometer: Measuring the Needs for and Impact of Transitional Justice Processes in Tunisia'. To ensure human security and rule of law in Tunisia demands transitional justice mechanisms that address the aspirations of the Tunisian people. This project will build research capacity in Tunisia that will enable Tunisians from a wide range of backgrounds to articulate their aspirations for the transition to the authorities and increase their participation in transitional justice process. The project will build and train a research unit within a Tunisian NGO, Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM), using the expertise of CAHR and Impunity Watch. It will additionally train peer researchers from among communities most affected by historical violations, such that they can both contribute to knowledge production around the transition and support the participation of their communities in the process. Research will be both qualitative and quantitative, focusing on the needs of a wide range of victims and stakeholders, and understanding the impact of unfolding transitional justice mechanisms on them as well as their capacity to participate in the mechanisms. The project will constitute a barometer of the performance of the transitional justice process, permitting a longitudinal understanding of the impact of transitional justice in Tunisia. This is an action research project that seeks both to produce knowledge that can inform global understandings of a victim-centred, participatory transitional justice process, while actively impacting the process in Tunisia.