The project 'Archives and Dealing with the Past' is a mandate of the Task Force Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities of the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) that swisspeace implements since 2011 in close cooperation with the Swiss Federal Archives and the FDFA.
The Human Security Division, Human Rights, Humanitarian Policy, Migration, of the FDFA, is responsible for implementing measures to promote peace and strengthen human rights in the world. The concept of human security focuses on the safety of individual human beings and protecting people against political violence, war and acts of arbitrary violence. It is based on the recognition that peace policy, human rights policy and humanitarian policy are closely interlinked. It has developed sound competences in the field of Dealing with the Past.
The Swiss Federal Archives are the Confederation’s service and competence centre for lasting information management. They appraise, secure, describe and provide access to archive-worthy records of the Swiss Confederation.
swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace aims to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by producing innovative research, shaping discourses on international peace policy, developing and applying new peacebuilding tools and methodologies, supporting and advising other peace actors, as well as by providing and facilitating spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.
swisspeace is an associated Institute of the University of Basel and member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. Its most important partners and clients are the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, international organizations, think tanks and NGOs.
One of swisspeace’s programs is dedicated to Dealing with the Past.