IHJR Perspectives: The Trial Record as Historical Source at the NIOD

On June 19th I attended, as an intern for the IHJR, an insightful and thought-provoking series of lectures in a workshop organized by the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD). The workshop, which took place at the National Archives in The Hague, was titled “The Trial Record as Historical Source.” It featured lectures and discussion from both scholars and practitioners on the role and potential and limitations of Trial Records as a source for historical work. As the trials discussed were about crimes relating to mass-violence and the outcomes of the trials were about justice this workshop was of great relevance to the work of the IHJR and of great interest to me.

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2013 Annual Report Released

The IHJR is happy to announce the publication of its latest annual report. In 2013 the Institute underwent a thorough strategic review and emerged with a new focus encapsulated by the Theory of Change. The annual report contains a concise overview of the Institute’s activities during this period. This includes details about successfully completed projects on justice and reconciliation, ongoing project development, staff information, and budget details. We encourage those who want to learn more about the working of the IHJR to take a look.

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HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The IHJR takes great pleasure in congratulating our distinguished Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on his appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Following the nomination earlier this month by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein was yesterday unanimously confirmed as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights to the applause of the UN General Assembly. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein will leave his post as the Ambassador of Jordan to the United Nations to assume his new office in September of this year. Taking over from Navi Pillay, one of the most powerful voices for human rights on the world stage, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein is the first High Commissioner to come from Asia and the Arab world. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein brings a wealth of experience to his new role; as former Ambassador of Jordan to the U.S. and Mexico as well substantial experience at the UN. The IHJR reiterates its warm congratulations and support to HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on this challenging but rewarding new position at the highest levels of global human rights work. 




Strategic Partnership with the University of Leiden

The IHJR is very pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, which formalizes the close partnership between the two institutions for the next three years. The memorandum was signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities,  Professor Dr. Wim van den Doel, and by the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the IHJR, Dr. Timothy Ryback.

Under this agreement, the IHJR will greatly benefit from the international academic expertise of the University of Leiden. The IHJR will offer the scholars and students of the University of Leiden the opportunity to be involved in IHJR activities through master classes, conferences, and field work.


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Turkey and Armenia: The Construction of the Tiflis-Aleksandropol-Kars Railway (1895-1899)


We are proud to present the shared narrative by Professor Candan Badem and Dr. Sonya Mirzoyan is a study entitled The Construction of the Tiflis-Aleksandropol-Kars Railway (1895-1899). This shared narrative retraces the history and socio-political dimensions of the construction of the Tiflis-Aleksandropol-Kars railway in 1895-1899, and, as other IHJR publications before it, aims at providing divided societies with a basis for dialogue on their shared heritage. Because the region was considered to be a crossroads of cultures at the time and experienced a high influx of migrants under the new Russian rule, the construction and exploitation of the railway serves as a focal point for exploring the previously peaceful coexistence and integration of multiple cultural identities.

Today and for the first time, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly expressed his condolences to Armenians people for the mass killings of Armenians during WWI. He also stated ‘’ Today, hundreds of thousands of documents in our archives are at the service of historians. Looking to the future with confidence, Turkey has always supported scholarly and comprehensive studies for an accurate understanding of history. The people of Anatolia, who lived together for centuries regardless of their different ethnic and religious origins, have established common values in every field from art to diplomacy, from state administration to commerce. Today they continue to have the same ability to create a new future.’’

This statement is a further proof of the relevance of IHJR’s continued work to reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey.

For full statement click here

To download the publication in Armenian, Turkish or English, please click here






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The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in The Hague.