Human rights

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on human rights and transitional justice (A/HRC/49/39) [EN/AR/RU/ZH] – World

human rights council
Forty-ninth session
February 28–April 1, 2022
Agenda items 2 and 3
Annual Report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and the reports of the Office of the
High Commissioner and Secretary General
Promotion and protection of all human, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development


This report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 42/17. It explores the interconnections between transitional justice, peacekeeping and sustainable development, highlighting their common goals and objectives. It suggests that the main contribution of transitional justice to sustaining peace and sustainable development lies in its potential to foster trust, empower people, strengthen inclusion, increase gender equality and tackle the root causes of serious human rights violations, all of which have a preventive effect. effect.

The report identifies five ways to maximize the positive impact of transitional justice on peacekeeping and sustainable development, namely: (a) Systematically adopting a “past lens” in peace and development work ; (b) undertake joint and integrated analyses, with a systematic focus on the preconditions for an enabling environment for transitional justice; (c) improve data collection to measure impact and progress, including using the Sustainable Development Goals framework; (d) adopt a person-centred approach to transitional justice that seeks to make a tangible difference in people’s lives; and (e) ensure that participatory approaches and public consultation are interpreted as ongoing processes