The NTJWG is a culmination of the efforts of many stakeholders dating back to the symposium on Civil Society and Justice in Zimbabwe which was held in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 August 2003. The Symposium, which was attended by leaders from over 70 civil society organisations from Zimbabwe, developed the key positions on how past human rights violations ought to be addressed. Some very important recommendations were made which included the need to put in place mechanisms to ensure that past violations never reoccur in Zimbabwe. Thus the Symposium recommended the need to set up institutions to deal with past and present human rights violations and that such institutions be empowered not only to investigate and seek truth but also to recommend criminal prosecution, provide redress and reparations for victims, and lead to the healing of the nation.
From 8 to 9 September 2008, just before the signing of the Global Political Agreement civil society leaders met at a Transitional Justice Options for Zimbabwe Workshop convened by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum in Harare and adopted fundamental principles for transitional justice in Zimbabwe [Read More] National Transitional Justice Working Group in Zimbabwe