This report is a reflection of a three  –day expert  consultation to review the African Transitional Justice Policy Framework (ATJF) that was held from 29th - 31st August 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The consultation was organised by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). 

In attendance were representatives from the following African Union organs and institutions: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the Pan African Parliament, the African Court on Human and People’s Rights the AU Anti-Corruption Board and the African Union Commission Department of Political Affairs.
Also in attendance were members of civil society, academics, partner organizations and human rights experts.
The aim of the consultation was to make final input into the ATJF drafting process. The expert consultation also set out to achieve consensus on a clear road map of activities for the way forward in the two-year process and thereby aimed to contribute to the improvement, review and completion of the proposed transitional justice framework.
In ensuing deliberations, participants agreed on the need to broaden the scope and reach of transitional justice to include the effective and holistic realisation of socio-economic rights, gender justice, and the right to development. The consultation further reiterated the notion, as explored in previous consultations on the ATJF, that the current dominant transitional justice discourse has adopted a narrow approach that places emphasis and focus on retributive justice, which inadequately reflects on the contemporary understanding and application of transitional justice on the African continent.

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