Justice and Memory

IMAGE: Getty, Simon Smith

Survivors and families of victims of gross violations of international human rights are entitled to know the truth behind these violations under international law.

Reparative Justice seeks an admission from States or individuals that have wronged, either by directly committing unlawful acts or failing to prevent them from occurring, and focuses on the needs of victims to find peace, healing, and symbolic or material redress. Our work seeks the provision of material or financial compensation proportional to the harm suffered by survivors, such as medical and psychological care and support for victims’ families.

Memory is integral where historical records of mass violations of human rights are incomplete or subject to competing political interests. In such circumstances, it is often the stories of survivors and the families of victims that remain undocumented. As new knowledge emerges from survivor testimonies, it is crucial to document their effects not just for the sake of truth, but to educate international society.

Our work aids North Korean survivors of human rights violations by helping preserve their individual and collective memories of crimes through online memorials, global exhibitions, and commemorative activities. To aid policymakers, we have explored the establishment of a Truth Commission for North Korea.