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International Initiatives

Although the BStU’s statutory mandate does not specifically call for the commissioner’s support of historical reappraisal in other countries, the work of the BStU has sparked strong international interest. Efforts to address past injustice by making secret police files that document human rights violations publicly accessible has become an established instrument of "transitional justice." Germany’s Stasi Records Agency was the first institution to do this and it has been pleased to share its experiences with guests from all over the world.

The BStU follows the activities of other countries in this field through these direct exchanges and by participating in international conferences. Making the archives of secret police institutions, other security service agencies and witness documentation accessible, allows past injustices to be identified and helps new societies find ways to address them. Here is a partial list of institutions, with whom the BStU has or had contact: