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Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities

A Handbook for Victim Groups
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Title: Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups

Author: Sarah McIntosh

Publication: March 2021

Available in: English, Arabic, French, Russian, Ukrainian

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Pursuing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Handbook for Victim Groups provides guidance on what victim groups can do to advance justice efforts during and in the aftermath of genocide and related crimes against humanity. This groundbreaking educational resource draws on dozens of real-life examples and expert interviews to offer practical advice and strategic insights in clear and accessible language.


The Handbook is an educational guide for victim groups on pursuing justice for genocide and related crimes against humanity. It presents a fresh perspective on victim-led justice efforts and argues that by coming together as a group or coalition victims’ demands for justice are harder for decision-makers to ignore. To learn more about how to use the Handbook, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions. The FAQ page also includes an instructional video.

The Handbook is designed to be read cover-to-cover but readers may want to focus on specific chapters based on their needs and interests: 

Handbook Discussion

On March 25, 2021, Sarah McIntosh joined a number of distinguished panelists for a discussion of the Handbook with opening remarks from Judge Thomas Buergenthal, Ambassador Clint Williamson, and representatives of survivor communities.

Available with Arabic, French, Spanish, Swahili, and Uyghur translations.

Other Languages

The Handbook is also available in Arabic, French, Russian, and Ukrainian.

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