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The Wayamo Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung have launched an online resource platform on the fight against impunity in West Africa called “Justice in West Africa”. 

As part of this project, experts from West Africa were interviewed on debates relating to current and past efforts in the prosecution of international crimes in the region.

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International Criminal Justice in West Africa

Roland Adjovi, International Law Advisor for the Global Maritime Crime Programme in West Africa at UNODC, analyses the interplay between national, regional and international judicial mechanisms and their application in West Africa. He also discusses various legal instruments, tools and mechanisms, such as the Malabo Protocol, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the International Criminal Court and hybrid courts.

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The quest for justice: Survivor and activist who testified before the Truth Commission in The Gambia

Toufah Jallow is a victim of sexual violence at the hands of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Jallow talks about her work as a justice activist, the role of civil society and the work of the Truth Commission in The Gambia (TRRC) where she testified.

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Post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire: prosecution, reconciliation and reparations

Bamba Brahima, a human rights lawyer, consultant and expert in transitional justice, looks back at efforts to combat impunity in Côte d’Ivoire. He analyses the impact of the International Criminal Court on Ivorian society and on the country’s judicial institutions. He underlines the importance of fair, transparent and accessible justice for all, in order to support the peace and justice efforts in Côte d’Ivoire.

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International crimes: the role of victims and civil society in the fight against impunity in Mali

Saran Keïta Diakité, Lawyer, President of the West African Women’s Peace and Security Network and Member of the National Transition Council, discusses justice and accountability for international crimes in Mali. Keïta stresses the importance of the role of women, civil society and victims’ groups in the fight against impunity in Mali.

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Is a compromise between peace and justice necessary in Mali?

Drissa Traoré, National Coordinator of the joint programme of the Malian Association for Human Rights (AMDH) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), discusses the national prosecution of international crimes in Mali and the challenges faced by Malian institutions in this process. Traoré also analyses the role of the International Criminal Court investigations and their consequences on Malian society and the country’s judicial institutions.

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Justice for Victims in Liberia: Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction

Alain Werner, Director of Civitas Maxima, looks back at the trials that took place in France, Switzerland and the United States for war crimes committed in Liberia. In this interview, Werner presents the work of Civitas Maxima as well as the different judicial mechanisms that were implemented to bring justice to the victims. Werner underlines the importance of these initiatives and hopes to one day see justice done on Liberian territory.

 
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Guinea: justice delayed, justice denied?

Olivier Kambala, Peace and Development Adviser in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Madagascar, discusses the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed during the attacks of 28 September 2009 at the Conakry stadium. Kambala discusses the progress of investigations in Guinea and the role of the International Criminal Court. Kambala expresses concern about the lack of political will, as well as legal and financial difficulties that have delayed the trial, now scheduled to take place in 2021.

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Investigations and prosecutions in Côte d’Ivoire: progress and challenges

Drissa Traoré, Honorary President of the Ivorian Human Rights Movement (MIDH), discusses the domestic prosecution of crimes related to the post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire. He analyses the consequences of the 2008 amnesty law and highlights the challenges facing the Ivorian judicial institutions. Traoré also looks back at the trial of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court.