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26 October 2016, New York – European Union Intervention at the 71st United Nations General Assembly Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff

Madame Chair,

The EU would like to thank Mr. de Greiff for his report and presentation on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. We continue to offer our full support as well as look forward to further accounts of his observations and concrete recommendations. We however regret the late submission of the report in the preparation of this interactive dialogue.

Mr. Special Rapporteur,

We understand that the issue of national consultations concerning the design and implementation of transitional justice measures is highly complex and will always require a variety of comprehensive analyses in every different state.

In this light, Mr. Special Rapporteur, we would like to pose three questions:

First. The report discusses the importance of establishing a separate entity in charge of consultations, that could then affect processes such as selecting participants, deciding on the agenda, methodology and reporting. Could you elaborate on how to guarantee this entity will remain objective and neutral in every state?

Second. On the topic of security, you note that the use of electronic media should be given more consideration as it allows “anonymization” of submission and may mitigate security risks. In your opinion, how could, and should we encourage the use of electronic media in this context?

Third. You explain that the success of consultation processes depends upon a broad variety of factors, of which three, namely security, inclusiveness and capacity building, are at the focus of this report. You also mention, that there are many other factors– could you please briefly give an overview of those factors?

Thank you.

  • Ref: EUUN16-162EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Third Committee - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
  • Date: 26/10/2016

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