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The International Criminal Court and Truth Commissions: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I hold a doctorate of Law from the University of Lubumbashi in DRC, a Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (University of Pretoria in South Africa), another Masters in Law (University of Lubumbashi in DRC), a Diploma in Transitional Justice (ICTJ-IJR/Cape Town), an Advanced Certificate in International Law (PGGA / Centre for Human Rights: University of Pretoria), an Advanced Certificate in Peace-Building in war torn societies (ASPR), Certificates on Advanced and UN Basic Security in the Field – Staff Safety, Health, and Welfare”, and a LLB in Law (University of Lubumbashi). I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Lubumbashi in DRC. I am also the Executive Director of a Human Rights NGO named CERDH (Centre for Human Rights, Democracy and Transitional Justice) and the Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for human rights, governance, conflict resolution and peace at the University of Lubumbashi. Furthermore, I practice as an Attorney at the Lubumbashi Bar Association/DRC.

I work as Consultant for many regional and international institutions.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Great lakes of Africa (DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda)
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
DRC
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Executive Director of CERDH (Centre for Human Rights, Democracy and Transitional Justice Studies) & Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Good Governance, Conflict Resolution and Peace/University of Lubumbashi / in the DRC
How many years professional experience do you have ?
11-15
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://www.joseyav.com
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Human Rights, Natural Resources, Peacekeeping, Refugees, Rule of Law, Security, Transparency, Peacebuilding
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Curriculum Development, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Implemenation, Research, Training, Intervention
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Transitional Justice
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
• Africa: No Poverty Reduction without Human Rights, Democratic Governance, Peace and Security ” ISS Today, 02 July 2007

• From Rwanda to Darfur: “Never Again” or “Never Say Never Again”? ISS Today, 10 April 2007

• “Comfort Women”: No Comfort, Only the Brutality of Men at War. ISS Today, 08 March 2007

• “Protecting Civilians in Sudan: How Far Can a ’Sovereign‘ State Go?” ISS Today, 21 February 2007

• “Towards a Legacy of Impunity in the Great Lakes Region: Two Militia Leaders Appointed Army Colonels in DRC,” ISS Today, 07 November 2006.

• “RD del Congo: Curando las heridas a traves de reparaciones” in Cultura Para La Esperanza, Instrumento de Analisis de la realidad de “Action Cultural Cristiana”, Octono 2006, Madrid, N° 65

• “Justice At A Glance In Uganda: Mato Oput versus International Criminal Court,” ISS Today, 14 September 2006.

• “Uganda: 'I Cannot Betray Kony' – Museveni,” ISS Today, 21 August 2006.

• Summoning the Necessary Political Will for Protecting Civilians in Africa

• Henri Boshoff and Joseph Yav, “Democratic Republic of Congo Update: A Second Round of Elections?”, Institute for Security Studies, Situation Report, 16 August 2006.

• DRC: Healing the wounds of war through reparations

• Begging for reparation for victims of serious human rights violations: the DRC case.

• Peace, Security and Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

• Laicite (Secularity) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in “International Humanist News”, International Humanist and ethical Union, IHEU, London, June 2006, pp. 14-15

• Considérations sur la gestion du contentieux électoral en RDC

• Greasing the wheels of reconciliation and reconstruction in the Great Lakes region: Resource and Security concerns.

• The relationship between the International Criminal Court and Truth Commissions: Some thoughts on how to build a bridge across retributive and restorative justices.

• Prosecution of grave violations of human rights in light of limitations of the International Criminal Court and national courts: The Congolese Dilemma.

• Trends toward Transitional Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for accountability.

• The ghost of impunity continues to haunt the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite the referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court.

• DRC: Ending impunity in the Great Lakes region,

• A history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in one line: LEOPOLD, RESOURCES, COUPS, IMPUNITY

• La Commission Vérité et réconciliation en RDC pour quelle justice ? Analyse et comparaison avec la TRC ( South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission )

• Quelle justice pour la RDC dans le contexte socio-politique du moment ?

• La conciliation entre les droits de l’homme et des peuples: quel avenir?

• Le système africain de protection des droits de l’homme.

• De la question de la ratification par les Etats Africains du statut de Rome et du Protocole relatif à la Charte africaine portant création d’une Cour Africaine.

• La dynamique de promotion et de protection des droits de l’homme en RDC

• L’origine Judéo-Chrétienne des droits de l’homme.

NEW BOOK: THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AND TRUTH COMMISSIONS: TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN?




http://www.unibook.com/unibook/site/bookdetail/?bookid=10038


Short description

This book attempts to scrutinise the relationship between criminal justice system and those of non-punitive approaches based on the principle of complementarity and discuss future ways in order to build a bridge across them. Dealing with atrocities many countries in the world have started to look more for mechanisms which deal with acknowledgement, forgiveness and reparation or/and reconciliation. The problem actually is how the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deal with those other mechanisms. Are they complimentary or contradictory? The concern here is to discuss if the principle of complementarity of the ICC could cover internal processes, which do not necessarily involve prosecutions of individuals, like Truth Commissions?

Author Bio

Professor of Law at the University of Lubumbashi, and Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for human rights in DRC. He is an Attorney at Law in DRC and Intrnational Consultant. He holds a doctorate of Law from the University of Lubumbashi; a Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (University of Pretoria in South Africa); a Masters in Law (University of Lubumbashi in DRC), a Diploma in Transitional Justice (ICTJ-IJR/Cape Town).

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When Reality contradicts Rhetoric: Civilians Protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 4:34am 1 Comment

By Dr. Joseph Yav Katshung







Introduction



In September 2005, world leaders at the United Nations endorsed a historic declaration that the international community has a “responsibility… to help protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity” and expressed a willingness to take timely and decisive action when states “manifestly fail” to protect their own populations from these threats.



Despite the… Continue

Truth commissions and prosecutions: Two sides of the same coin?

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 4:16am 0 Comments

By Yav Katshung Joseph



Abstract: Yav Katshung Joseph argues that as truth commissions multiply around the world it is important to look at their relationship to prosecutions and justice in an immediate and historical sense. Are TRC's designed to generate more truth, more justice, reparations, and genuine institutional reform? Or are they designed to undermine the State’s and society’s legal, ethical and political obligations to their… Continue

"Comfort Women" /"Sexual Violence" ? : No comfort, only the brutality of men at war!

Posted on March 8, 2008 at 3:30am 2 Comments

Introduction



Last year, on 2 March 2007, the issue of 'comfort women' was raised again by the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denied that the military had forced women into sexual slavery during World War II. He stated, 'the fact is, there is no evidence to prove there was coercion'.



Before he spoke, a group of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers also sought to revise Yohei Kono's 1993 apology to former comfort women. 2008 marks the 31th anniversary of… Continue

No Poverty Reduction without Human Rights, Democratic Governance, Peace and Security

Posted on March 8, 2008 at 3:22am 0 Comments

By. Dr. Yav Katshung Joseph





Introduction



In light of the enormous challenge facing the global community to eradicate poverty the international development community in 2000 adopted specific targets for poverty reduction, now known as the MDGs. The eight MDGs seek to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, to achieve universal primary education, to promote gender equality, to reduce child mortality, to improve maternal health, to fight HIV/Aids, malaria and other… Continue

From Rwanda to Darfur: Never again? Or never say never again?

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 3:30am 2 Comments

By Dr. Joseph Yav Katshung



Introduction



One month before the 14th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide we should not only remember the horrors that took place, but focus our attention on the failure to halt the developing genocide in Darfur. April marks the 14th anniversary of the start of the genocide in Rwanda during which approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in 100 days.



When preparing for the anniversary of this horrific tragedy… Continue

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At 10:11am on October 18, 2014, Batseba Seifu said…

Dear Dr. Yav,

I found the following interesting and worth sharing it with you:

 

Who is an African? 
At the opening of the 7th Pan African Congress, one definition of an African was presented by President Yoweri Musevini, the Patron of the Congress. This definition listed five different criteria for those who could be called Africans and included those living on the continent and those abroad. Musevini's definition included (a) black Africans south of the Sahara (b) Africans who live in North Africa who had migrated from other continents and have made th eir home in Africa (c) Dispersed Africans in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific (d) white settlers in Africa who have decided to settle permanently and make their home in Africa and (e)those who are ideologically attuned to the struggle for dignity by African people everywhere. This definition of the African in the opening speech made a major breakthrough in rising above the racist definitions of humanity bequeathed by four centuries of European nationalism.(@ The 7th Pan African Congress ,Kampala, Uganda, in April 1994)

 

Who is African? I find this conversation worth undertaking.

 

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At 11:46am on January 8, 2010, Mrs. Tatiana A Kostanian said…
Dear Dr. Yav, I am honored of your kindness to reach out to me and offer your book for me to read. Please would you post to me at my non-profit directly. mhonainternational@gmail.com I will respond forthwith. I apologize I have not been well, fighting flu-cold, and as a dialysis patient. I do. look forward to your post, as well eventually reading your book. Congratulations on al the fine work you have accomplished and are in continuance today. God Bless you Sir and Happy New Year.
Tatiana A. Kostanian
Human Rights - Disabled Rights Since 1962
At 4:08pm on March 18, 2009, Caroline Jaine said…
Wow. Your profile is a huge resource! Pleased to meet you.
Dr Yav, I am writing a case study on UN (CERF) funded work in DRC. I wonder if you are able to provide your thoughts and experience on how useful UN assistance in DRC has been? I am just looking for a couple of brief quotes to use.
Thanks in advance
Caroline
At 8:42pm on February 18, 2008, Matt Pierson said…
thank you so very much for the help, I really appreciate it. Thank you,
Matt Pierson
At 7:56pm on February 14, 2008, Matt Pierson said…
Hello,
My name is Matt Pierson and I am an Peace and Conflict Resolution masters student. It seems that you have a lot of experience working with throughout Africa. I am trying to find some sort of internship in Africa this summer but have so far not been too succesful in my search. I was wondering if you had any suggestions of places or organizations that I might try contacting?
Any help would be appreciated,
Matt Pierson
At 8:07am on September 28, 2007, Maribel Munoz said…
Hi Joseph,

I would like to know more about your work. It is very inspiring.
At 2:54am on September 24, 2007, Eyal Raviv said…
Dear Dr. Yav,
What a beautiful name.
I like your profile! I'd like you to join me on mepeace.org,
a platform for peacemakers advancing Middle East peace.

Eyal :-)
 
 
 

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