Reconceiving refugees and internally displaced persons as transitional justice actors
Susan Harris Rimmer | UN High Commissioner for Refugees | 2010
This paper constitutes a plea to the academic and practitioner community to conduct research in an emerging area.1 Current discussions about transitional justice in a post-conflict state tend to ignore the issue of who is included in and excluded from transitional justice decisions, including forcibly displaced persons. There is no existing study of refugees or IDPs and their relation to transitional justice. I argue for research which could lead to both innovative programs in refugee and IDP camps but also improved sustainability of peace-building efforts in the country of origin. Moreover, such research could foreground wider issues of coherence and effectiveness for the current UN system about the prevention of forced displacement.