Pablo Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence presented his report to the UN General Assembly on Monday October 28th 2013. In the associated speech, he warned that “unaddressed human rights violations are spoilers of sustainable development”, and called for UN member states to include goals on access to justice and remedy in the post-2015 framework. Below you can read an article by FriEnt, which contains extracts from his speech:
“I have the great honour to address this distinguished Assembly for the second time in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. I “uish to begin by commending the cross-regional support which my mandate has enjoyed since its establishment by the Human Rights Council in 2011. The support across regions demonstrates that States and other relevant actors hold a shared understanding that atrocities must be redressed. This is so as a matter of law, of morals, and indeed for the prospects of improved security and sustainable human development.
In my report to the Assembly this year I focus on the relevance of justice and rights considerations to development. The report seeks, in part, to make a contribution to the ongoing debates at the Assembly on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the negotiations on the new development framework must live up to the commitment made by Heads of States and Governments, during the “Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” held on 25 September here in New York, to a comprehensive approach to development with human rights and the rule of law at its core and to the legitimate expectations of individuals and groups across the globe.
Justice and development are far too often considered as different and independent goals, and continue to be addressed by a multiplicity of actors through different approaches. Justice has far too often been traded off against short-term economic development, or for the sake of ‘stability’. This contravenes clear legal obligations to fight impunity for human rights violations, and goes against a more robust understanding of development, sustainable human development.”