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The IIMHC, in its approach to mediation and conciliation, seeks to strengthen the gradual but significant changes taking place in public life at the present moment that provide more effective institutional expression for human rights, responsibility, and decency.
The International Institute for Mediation and Historical Conciliation (IIMHC) faciliatates, convenes, designs and implements mediation processes for parties which are in conflict, which harbor fantasies of revenge or which are pressing or intend to press litigation and develops modes of alternative dispute resolution. The IIMHC has been established in response to complex new dangers and promising new opportunities in international and domestic affairs. It places the emphasis on getting to the roots of and preventing serious and violent conflict as it threateningly simmers, rather than allowing that conflict to reach more volatile, destructive, and unmanageable stages. By negotiating historical injustices and mediating claims of the past, it responds to the rage and resentment that so tragically inspires renewed, often more ferocious cycles of violence. By de-demonizing former enemies and reversing the normal tendency to "sweep under the rug" unsettling issues of the past, it brings adversaries as close as possible to sharing interpretations of the past. The process of conciliation, based on these shared historical narratives, moves conflict resolution in the direction of a psychologically plausible reconciliation while bolstering the foundations for new beginnings. By creating opportunities for clarifying claims, validating pain, and expressing remorse; by symbolically and substantively repairing and compensating for injury, it creates dialogue, teaches lessons, and builds bridges between those representing the experiences of the victims and their trauma and those representing the experiences of the perpetrators and their guilt.
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