This project is in collaboration with DeJusticia.
Providing guarantees of non-recurrence (GNR) after periods of massive violence or systematic human rights violations is one of the main obligations of States and one of the pillars of transitional justice. GNRs are an integral part of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla. Far-reaching prevention measures, such as rural reform, can be seen as GNRs. At the same time, GNRs are part of the measures that those who have committed conflict-related international crimes need to provide in order to qualify for low criminal sanctions or even amnesty or waivers of criminal prosecution. However, in practice, GNRs are often reduced to promises not to commit crimes in the future.
The Human Rights Centre Clinic will examine what Colombia has done in terms of GNRs to shed light on the failures to date, but also on opportunities for improvement in the future. The project will also study the experiences of other transitional justice processes to improve the understanding of how to prevent systematic and massive human rights violations in Colombia, but also in future transitional justice processes elsewhere.