Dealing with the Past

Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations is one of the most difficult challenges facing post-conflict societies. Experience suggests that there is a relationship between the ability of a society to address this legacy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner, including initiatives to address root causes, and its potential to develop sustainable peace.

In order to re-establish fundamental trust and accountability in society, there is a need to acknowledge publicly the abuses that have taken place, to hold those responsible who have planned, ordered, and committed such violations, and to rehabilitate and compensate victims. This process of Dealing with the Past (DwP) is a pre-requisite for reconciliation.

Why this Course?

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is working in different societies that are confronted with a legacy of massive human rights violations. Dealing with the past and prevention of atrocities is considered as one of the priorities of the FDFA. Upon request, its Task Force for dealing with the past and prevention of atrocities supports governments and societies engaged in this process. Furthermore, it offers an advanced learning course for Swiss and non-Swiss professionals.