CIPCRI hosted Mr Viktor Osipov, the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova, and a Parliamentary delegation, who came to Belfast to study the use of transitional justice in the Northern Ireland peace process.
During the visit Mr Osipov and his colleagues were briefed by Deputy First Minister, Mr Martin McGuinness MLA; the Justice Minister, Mr David Ford MLA; the Attorney General, Mr John Larkin QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Barra McGrory QC.
The delegates also held meetings with Professor Kieran McEvoy from the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. Alan McBride, a Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission and representative of the Victims’ Group WAVE also spoke to the group about the implementation of transitional justice in civil society. Intercomm, a Belfast interface group, also facilitated meetings with representatives of Loyalist and Republican groups who spoke about the impact of alternative approaches to restorative justice in societies most affected by violence during the so-called ‘Troubles’.