Dealing with the Past programme

At the 2002 Triennial a theme group on Dealing with the Past took place. It had a very broad participation and had a significant attendance and active participation of people coming from different walks of life. Some already belonged to WRI, others already had a link to or wanted to link to WRI beyond the meeting. The group gave a comprehensive report, and having the expertise of WRI staffperson Roberta Bacic, the Triennial Business Meeting agreed to the development of this programme area to address how to deal with post-conflict situations in a more structured way.

2003 was an intensive year of activities for the Dealing with the Past programme with wide travel involved. WRI received numerous requests from affiliate groups, other organisations, NGOs, universities and peace groups for input and assistance in the field.

The team developed a Pilot Project for 2004, to work in Sri Lanka and Croatia. These places were chosen because both countries have endured war and we had elected council members from these regions who could make the necessary local links.

At the end of October 2004 Roberta Bacic decided to leave after 6 years, so Dealing with the Past is no longer a staffed programme. However, members of the network continue to work on this issue and resources are posted on the WRI website.

Articles on Dealing with the Past

11 Apr 2010

On March the 30th, 2010. the Parliament of Serbia adopted the Declaration on condemning the crime in Srebrenica.

After a long debate in the Parliament, when we could hear fascist statements from the members of Radical party, Democratic party of Serbia and Serbian Progressive party, the members of the Parliament adopted the Declaration on condemning the crimes in Srebrenica.

14 Oct 2008

On September 11, 1973, the Chilean junta, backed by the CIA and the Nixon Administration, overthrew the democratically elected government of Socialist President Salvador Allende. Priscilla Hayner, in her book Unspeakable Truths, Confronting State Terror and Atrocity (2001) outlines the devastating impact: “The regime espoused a virulent anticommunism to justify its repressive tactics, which included mass arrests, torture (estimates of the number of people tortured range from 50,000 to 200,000), killings, and disappearances.” The dictatorship assassinated, tortured, and exiled thousands of political opponents and visionaries.