- Main applicant: Professor P. Gready (University of York, Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), Yorkshire House, United Kingdom)
- Co-applicants: Al Kawakibi (Democracy Transition Center, Tunisia) and Marlies Stappers (Impunity Watch, the Netherlands)
To ensure human security and rule of law in Tunisia demands transitional justice mechanisms that address the aspirations of the Tunisian people. This project will build a research capacity in Tunisia that will enable Tunisians from a wide range of backgrounds to articulate their aspirations for the transition to the authorities and increase their participation in transitional justice process.
The project will build and train a research unit within KADEM, using the long expertise of the CAHR and Impunity Watch, who will support research while building capacities. It will additionally train peer researchers from among communities most affected by historical violations, such that they can both contribute to knowledge production around the transition and support the participation of their communities in the process.
Research will be citizen-centred, both qualitative and quantitative, focusing on the needs of transition of a wide range of victims and stakeholders, and understanding the impact of unfolding transitional justice mechanisms on them and their capacity to participate in them.
The project will constitute a barometer of the performance of the transitional justice process, permitting a longitudinal understanding of the impact of transitional justice in Tunisia. The research of the Research Unit and peer researchers will be published and shared with authorities, civil society and transitional justice mechanisms, including in forums with affected communities.
This is an action research project that seeks both to produce knowledge that can inform global understandings of a victim-centred, participatory transitional justice process, while actively impacting the process in Tunisia.