#Diversity/Dialogue (RSS)

For pragmatic holism: History and memory in conflict transformation

22. Aug. 2019
Andrea Zemskov-Züge, Beatrix Austin

The German Government, researchers and practitioners engaged in dealing with the past should think beyond the Joinet Principles. They must critically challenge social and political narratives and strengthen empathy and dialogue capacities – just as much as justice – in conflict-affected societies.

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The crisis of transitional justice: an opportunity for history work

Constantin Goschler

Transitional justice is in crisis. With the end of “the West”, not only has it lost its normative frame of reference; it is also accused of being a project of the cosmopolitan elite. Transitional justice actors must therefore defend and justify its values with credibility. History work should make use of the potential afforded by public history.

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There Are More Than Victims and Former Combatants

05. Aug. 2019
Ljubinka Petrovic-Ziemer

In transitional justice contexts, court verdicts often do not enjoy universal acceptance. Thus, Germany should promote the interplay between judicial and non-judicial mechanisms to increase trust in the judgements. Also, the German approach has to overcome the binary of victims and perpetrators and foster the public participation of a much broader spectrum of actors in transitional justice processes.

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One Process: Tackling the Past and Reckoning With the Future

31. Jul. 2019
Nenad Vukosavljević

In post-war societies, ex-combatants and victims associations – from all sides of the conflict – enjoy high credibility. Instead of regarding them as potential spoilers of the peacebuilding process, the German government should support cooperation with these groups to bridge the gap between opposing war legacies, search for joint ways to face the violent past, and prevent the recurrence of war.

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