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Dealing with war-related sexualised violence: lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina

27. Aug. 2019
Jeannette Böhme

The sexualised violence that occurs during civil wars is rarely addressed in peace agreements. As a result, survivors are stigmatised by society and left to deal with their trauma on their own. The German Government should give more support to women’s rights organisations.

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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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Women, gender and transitional justice

14. Aug. 2019
Susanne Buckley-Zistel

The German Government should pursue a transitional justice policy that focuses on women, and which not only increases the number of women in relevant institutions but also addresses women-specific abuses. It should recognise and support its potential to make a small contribution to more gender-equitable societies.

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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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