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Outside the Box: Amplifying youth voices and views on YPS policy and practice

Advancing Peace Through a Youth-Centered Approach to Transitional Justice

This brief, written by a young Kenyan human rights lawyer who works in the transitional justice and international criminal law field, provides an overview and road-map of the ways that youth-centered and youth-inclusive transitional justice efforts can advance durable peace and transformative peace processes. Drawing on the recommendations and findings of the YPS Progress Study, this policy brief points to the vital gap in the inclusion and participation of young people in transitional justice initiatives – a key dimension of peace processes and sustaining peace efforts. It argues that the gap in young people’s participation and inclusion undermines the potential efficacy, legitimacy, and durability of peace processes, as well as of truth, accountability, reconciliation, and prevention efforts, and further marginalizes young people wishing to transform conflict-affected and post-conflict societies.

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Anjli Parrin
Anjli Parrin is a Kenyan human rights advocate and lawyer. She is the Associate Director of the Project on War Crimes and Mass Graves at the Human Rights Clinic and Institute and a Legal Fellow with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team. The project works with forensic scientists to conduct investigations and trainings on the use of forensics and human rights to further truth and criminal accountability for mass atrocities in East and Central Africa. In this role Anjli has trained judges, lawyers, police, gendarmerie, NGOs and victims associations on the law and science of suspicious death investigations; successfully proposed new law in the area of exhumations for hybrid courts; and carried out complex war crime investigations. Anjli holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, a master's degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics. She is admitted to practice law in New York.
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