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About Nahla Valji

Nahla Valji is a policy specialist on rule of law and justice at UN Women, the United Nations’ new gender entity, in New York. She has worked on issues related to transitional justice in over a dozen countries and was the co-founder of both the International Journal of Transitional Justice as well as the African Transitional Justice Research Network while based at the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa.

Articles by Nahla Valji

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

بين المثالية والسياسة الواقعية لقوة ناشئة: السياسة الخارجية لجنوب أفريقيا

جنوب أفريقيا مرشحة أكثر من معظم دول العالم لأن تكون مدافعًا ومروجًا قويًا لحقوق الإنسان، وذلك بسبب ماضيها. حيث لديها القدرة على تزعم طريق الضغط من أجل نظام دولي أكثر ديمقراطية.

Entre l'idéalisme et la realpolitik liée à son statut de puissance émergente : la politique étrangère de l'Afrique du Sud

Plus que tout autre pays, l'Afrique du Sud est considérée comme devant être un défenseur et un promoteur des droits de l’homme en raison de son passé. Le pays a le potentiel d’être à l’avant-garde du combat pour un ordre international plus démocratique.

South Africa’s foreign policy: between idealism and the realpolitik of being an emerging power

More than most, South Africa is expected to be a defender and a promoter of human rights, because of its past. The country has the potential to lead the way in pushing for a more democratic international order. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human RightsEspañol, Français, العربية

Entre el idealismo y política real de ser un poder emergente: política exterior de Sudáfrica

Más de la mayoría, Sudáfrica, se espera sea un defensor y promotor de derechos humanos, gracias a su pasado. El país tiene el potencial de marcar el camino para un orden internacional más democrático.

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In 2050, whilst the world continues to grapple with real challenges, it does so within real and representative democracies.  

Demands for democracy which began on the streets of the  Arab region in 2011, with women standing side-by-side men, were seized as a moment of transformation, and through domestic and international activism women's rights to equal representation were secured.  The catalytic events spread throughout the region, building the momentum for gradual shifts elsewhere - and with these changes, a simultaneous shattering of attitudes and political obstacles that had prevented women from fully and meaningfully participating in public life.    Today, it is inconceivable that there was ever a time when the decisions of states and the international community—which impact us all -- were ever made by only one part of humanity.  

Revolutions in the Arab World

South Africa: no justice without reparation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa has been widely praised as a crucial mechanism of reconciliation in the post-apartheid era. But has its reputation been gained at the cost of a collective evasion?
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