Since its founding in 2004, ND-Burma has fought for justice for victims of human rights violations. We do this in the following ways:
- Recording victims’ testimonies to to ensure they are able to share their experience and that a record is kept of violations.
- Providing victims with material assistance such as medical care.
- Conducting a ‘needs assessment’ to find out what kind of assistance victims need to try and rebuild their lives. This is ongoing and results will be published in a longer report examining possibilities for redress in Burma.
- Advocating for recognition and redress on behalf of victims.
We have enjoyed a long partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), which provides us with expert guidance on legal matters. The ICTJ describes transitional justice as follows:
“The aims of transitional justice will vary depending on the context but these features are constant: the recognition of the dignity of individuals; the redress and acknowledgment of violations; and the aim to prevent them happening again.”
Our aims are outlined in our report: ‘To Recognize and Repair: Unofficial Truth Projects and the Need for Justice in Burma’ and our article in The Irrawaddy: ‘Burma must heal past wounds to find peace’