The Hague, 26 November 2013 – The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is pleased to announce the nomination of Bill Shipsey (Ireland) as Chairperson of the Executive Committee. He succeeds Judge Richard J. Goldstone who has served as founding Chairperson since 2004 and to whom the IHJR is immensely grateful.
Mr. Shipsey comes to the role with an impressive track record in the nonprofit sector that includes chairing Amnesty International in Ireland, membership on the Executive Committee of Amnesty International, and founding Art for Amnesty.
“Coming as I do from Ireland I know that history plays an important part in the reconciliation process and the work of historians is very important if there is to be reconciliation in Ireland or indeed in many countries around the world,” said Mr. Shipsey in his welcome address.
The IHJR will continue to strive for reconciliation in divided societies by creating a shared understanding of a conflicting past, but it does so with a renewed focus on creating strategic partnerships with institutions and local actors.
Cemented in the new strategy, this shift in focus will see the IHJR work more closely with historians and experts to shape and disseminate its findings within affected communities.
Working closely with history teachers and educators, media and policy-makers is a key step in achieving the IHJR’s mission of fostering reconciliation in post conflict settings.
It is with this renewed focus and leadership that Mr. Shipsey underscores the importance of supporting the IHJR, “It’s important that the Institute gets your support and it’s important that historians and academics engage in the serious task of using history as a tool to help societies and to help justice and reconciliation rather than [manipulating it] as a cause of conflict and further unrest.”
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