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ISE Alum Ruth Sastre involved with Civic Platform for creation of a truth body in Spain

Ruth Sastre is a former student of the 2008-2009 MPhil in Reconciliation Studies and wrote her dissertation on the hypothetical creation of a truth commission for Spain to address the crimes committed by Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War and the following dictatorship. Ruth is currently involved with a Civic Platform that has been recently set up in Spain to push the government for the creation of a truth body (http://comisionverdadfranquismo.com).

As a member of the Platform Ruth was invited by the New York-based International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) to participate in the Sixth Intensive Course on Truth Commissions that was held in Barcelona (Spain) from September 28th to October 3rd, 2014. As a participant, she had the chance to learn from the great expertise of the course lecturers and participants, but was also given the opportunity to present the Civic Platform to those present and speak about the Spanish situation in the area of transitional justice, as part of the course reflections on particular case studies.

The Annual Intensive Course on Truth Commissions is organized by the ICTJ in partnership with the Barcelona Peace Resource Center (BPRC). The ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations by providing technical expertise and knowledge to institutions and civil society groups in considering measures to provide truth, accountability, and redress for past abuses. The BPRC was created by the Barcelona City Council to promote the culture of peace through dialogue, raise awareness and provide training in the area of crisis management and conflict resolution.

Participants in this year's sixth series of this training course included a number of human rights experts and practitioners from different backgrounds ranging from Law, academia, international organizations and state institutions to civil society, and a variety of countries such as Afghanistan, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Canada, Burma, Japan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Spain, the USA and Nepal. The course program looked at a range of issues going from the challenges and political, social and legal implications of truth-seeking, the design and implementation of a truth commission - legal mandate, research work, role of victims and civil society groups, management, support of victims, protection of data and resources, to the final report and the commission's aftermath.

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