Klaas de Jonge

Klaas de Jonge (born 1937) studied sociology, social anthropology and demography in Amsterdam and Paris. He specialized later in transitional justice/TJ, conflict analysis and community involvement in Africa. He held various academic positions, including the one of senior researcher at the Africa Study Centre in the Netherlands (1968-1980) and  the one of visiting professor at the University of Brasília/Brazil  for African and Race Studies (1989-1994). He has provided lectures at Amsterdam and Maastricht University on transitional justice, conflict analysis and conflict resolution in Africa.

From 1981 until 1985, Klaas de Jonge was a member of a ‘special operations unit’ of MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe) the armed branch of the African National Congress (ANC), doing reconnaissance work and bringing in arms and explosives into South Africa. This led to his arrest in 1985 by the South African Police; he managed to escape and acquired asylum in the Dutch embassy in Pretoria until he was exchanged for a SA commander of the apartheid regime in 1987. He continued to do work for MK and the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement (AABN) until the end of 1989.

He worked in the field of TJ for several international NGO’s, such as Penal Reform International (PRI) from 1998 to 2005, a.o. coordinating PRI’s research into the Gacaca jurisdictions in Rwanda. From 2009 until 2011 he worked for Impunity Watch/IW to prepare a project in the Great Lakes region of Africa (Burundi in particular) and develop IW’s collaborative research approach. Since mid-2011 he is a member of IW’s Advisory Board.

Associate member
Impunity Watch