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ID on the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
September 16, 2021

Interactive Dialogue on the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence  

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
Human Rights Council – 48th Session 

The United States reiterates its strong support for Special Rapporteur (SR) Salvioli and commends the SR for his focus on critical transitional justice issues.

The United States believes that criminal prosecutions for atrocity crimes are fundamental to any comprehensive transitional justice strategy. Despite their importance, criminal prosecutions alone are not sufficient, and must be complemented by other mechanisms, such as reparation programs, truth commissions, and guarantees of non-recurrence as part of a holistic transitional justice strategy, as referenced in the report.

We urge all Member States to support transparent, independent, and impartial criminal prosecutions for atrocity crimes and other crimes involving human rights violations and support victims and civil society in their pursuit for transitional justice initiatives to restore long-term peace and stability.

Question:  What are some ways to ensure that discrimination and violence based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and race are properly considered during transitional justice processes?