I would like to welcome all the readers to the October edition of the IJR newsletter. In this issue: In the months of August and September interested readers, academics and social activists gathered to celebrate the launch of Hope, Pain & Patience: The Lives of Women in South Sudan. The African Union Experts Consultation convened in Cape Town, South Africa to debate and discuss the development of a transitional justice policy framework for Africa. In September the IJR conducted a health and wellness-day initiative to benefit its staff-members. The BBC World 'Have Your Say' interviewed Dr Tim Murithi on the establishment of the Ivory Coast's truth commission. Read about how Welkom celebrated the achievements of young historians. We would also like to invite those interested in the Institute's work to follow us on: www.ijr.org.za As such, ideas and comments are welcome. Enjoy the read.

Ade Camngca
Communications and Public Relations Intern
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Further in this newsletter:
In the media /
Upcoming Events /
Publications /
New appointments

 
 
>> A response to the outcome of the Malema hate speech trial by Jan Hofmeyr, head of the Policy and Analysis Unit of the IJR
 
>> Policy communication: State must learn how to negotiate and communicate tough moral decisions in an increasingly complex world. Jan Hofmeyr, Head the Policy and Analysis Unit of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, writes on whether South Africa succumbed to political pressure by inconveniently drawing out the process to the Dalai Lama's visa application.
 
 
>> Community Healing Dialogues where held from The 5th to 7th October 2011 in Woodstock, Saron & Lambertsbay and from 10th to 12th October 2011 in Ceres, Calitzdorp & Mosselbay.
 
>> IJR Strategic Planning Sessions took place at Great Westerford, Rondebosch, Cape Town from the 17th to the 19th of October 2011.
 
 
>> On the 21st of October 2011 the IJR launched Zimbabwe in Transition: View From Within. Edited by Tim Murithi and Aquilina Mawadza. The event took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. The book is now available at www.jacana.co.za and bookstores nationwide.
 
 
>> The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the Centre for Social Science Research and the DataFirst Centre at the University of Cape Town will be co-hosting a one-week intensive seminar focused on Quantitative analysis of public opinion data using the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB). To apply and for more information visit the CSSR website at http://cssr.uct.ac.za/courses/sarb.
 
 
>> BOOKS:
'Hope, Pain & Patience - The Lives of Women in South Sudan' edited by Friederike Bubenzer and Orly Stern. The book is available at www.jacana.co.za and bookstores nationwide.
 

>> REPORTS:

The ICC and Community-Level Reconciliation in Africa: In-Country Perspectives. Regional Consultation Report edited by Dr Tim Murithi and Allan Ngari
 
JRP-IJR 2011 Uganda Consultation Report: Enhancing Grassroots Involvement in Transitional Justice Debates. By the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) in collaboration with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR).
 
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>> POLICY BRIEFS:
 
Uganda Policy Brief-Traditional Justice. Policy Brief No. 1.
By Lino Owor Ogora and Dr Tim Murithi.

JRP-IJR 2011 Uganda Policy Brief-Reparations. Policy Brief No. 2.
By Lindsay McClain and Allan Ngari.

JRP-IJR 2011 Uganda Policy Brief-Truthseeking. Policy Brief No. 3.
By Roza Freriks and Lino Owor Ogora.

JRP-IJR 2011 Uganda Policy Brief-Gender Justice. Policy Brief No. 4.
By Sylvia Opinia and Friederike Bubenzer. JRP-IJR 2011
 
 
Thandiswa Ndleleni
 

What is your position at IJR?
Receptionist

When did you start working for IJR?
The 29th of September 2011
What are your hobbies?
I love watching horror movies and spending quality time with my kids.
What is your favourite food?
Give me samp & beans with lamb stew anytime!
What is your philosophy in life?
If you can`t solve it, it is not a problem, it`s reality. Accept it, stay strong and keep moving forward!
What is your message to IJR?
I would like to thank the IJR for the warm welcome. My colleagues have been phenomenal; it really feels like I have been working here forever. I`m very happy to be part of the family!
 
 
 
The editors left to right: Orly Stern, human rights lawyer and activist and Friederike Bubenzer, Project Leader of the IJR's Great Horn and Fellows Programme.


The launch of Hope, Pain & Patience: The Lives of Women in South Sudan' took place in the months of August and September in Juba, South Sudan and Cape Town, South Africa respectively. The publication offers an engaging account of the historic experiences, social, political, economic and cultural contributions of women in South Sudan. It contains individual topic categories which include the involvement of women in the war, forced marriage, motherhood, contestations and challenges to women's leadership and political participation, HIV and Aids to mention but a few. The IJR would like to thank SIDA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for their help and support in making this book possible.

 
 
 

On the 12th and 13th of September 2011 a two-day in-house wellness programme was held at the IJR in recognition of the growing need to encourage good-health amongst staff. Over the two-days staff-members were provided with a wealth or should we say a health of information, guidance and assistance on various health topics.

The theme for the first day was diet and nutrition. As part of the initiative the IJR was treated to a nutritionally-balanced breakfast. The second-day's theme gave emphasis to the importance of health promotion as opposed to curative care. One-on-one health screenings and fitness assessments provided each staff member with a report of aggregate data to improve health and lifestyle needs. To help 'jump-start' our 'vitality engagement' the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) awarded each member-of-staff with a one day voucher to try out their facilities. Staff also benefitted from massage therapy courtesy of Keziahs Hair and Beauty.

 
 
 

On the 28th of September 2011, Dr Tim Murithi, Head of the IJR Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme, participated in a live debate hosted by Chloe Tilley of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) programme, World Have Your Say to discuss the establishment of the Cote d'Ivoire Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation (CDVR). The discussion was held against the backdrop of Presidents Alassane Ouattara promised launch of the CDVR to help the country heal and overcome violence following last year's disputed elections which claimed 3000 lives and displacing a further 500,000 Ivoirians'. An edited transcript of the conversation follows.

Chloe Tilley: Just months' after violence ended in Ivory Coast the country is due to swear in its eleven-member Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) modeled on the South African version. Dr Murithi what do you make of Ivory Coast's commission?

Tim Murithi: It is indeed an interesting process that the country is currently undergoing. I think that the important thing where truth-seeking commissions are concerned is to find a way to address the harm that has been done in the past. And this is in fact what South Africa tried to do in establishing its own Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Though the Côte d'Ivoire process is quite different from what South Africa went through. In comparison the Côte d'Ivoire commission has been established by presidential decree which is in direct contrast to the South African TRC process, which was established by an act of parliament following extensive consultations with a broad range of stakeholders.

Chloe Tilley: It's interesting that you mention extensive consultation; do you feel that it is too soon for the Ivory Coast to have a truth commission seeing that, as you put it, no extensive consultations have taken place?

Tim Murithi: There is no precise science or model to follow when establishing truth-seeking commissions. Every country has to a certain extent try to implement what is possible and it often means what is politically possible. We have also heard from Jerome that pro-Gbagbo supporters do not feel a sense of inclusion in this process. This raises some concerns on the issues of transparency, openness and the measure of independence of the process, given the fact that the head of the Côte d'Ivoire (Commission President) Mr Banny has in the past been an ally of Ouattara. So this raises a lot of questions really in people's minds about whether it is the right timing for this commission. How long should it be after the conflict? It's very difficult to answer those questions. But if it is an inclusive process then one should always seek to try a national reconciliation process based on the truth.

Chloe Tilley: So it's important to be inclusive and it can work?

Tim Murithi: Absolutely.

 
 
 

Last year 52 grade 10 learners from eight secondary schools in the Welkom area grabbed the opportunity to learn new skills to produce new knowledge about building non-racialism schools. Learners were drawn from Lebogang SS, Lekgarietse SS, Lephola SS, Letsete SS, Nanabolela SS, Thotagauta SS, Welkom High and Welkom SS. The sessions were a vibrant coming together of teachers and learners.

These young historians attended training workshops on how to conduct oral history interviews, use photographs and produce short videos in recording history. They practiced their newly acquired skills by conducting interviews with Welkom residents. The focal point of the project was the production of four short video documentaries exploring the state of the educational system in Welkom's communities. This project was jointly organised by the Free State Department of Education, Lejweleputswa District, Welkom and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), Cape Town.

On the 1st of October the Building Blocks for Democracy Series resource guide 'Exploring non-racialism in Welkom's schools' was launched at the Welkom Inn. This guide has been distributed to all secondary schools in the Free State Province and will assist educators to develop similar projects. The resource guide is the culmination of previous workshops held in the area in 2010.

 
 
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