The Opportunities and Challenges of Participation in Transitional Justice: Examples from Nepal

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Journal of International Development, 2017, 29, (8), pp. 1123-1148
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Transitional justice (TJ) has developed in relative isolation from development discourse. However, in recent years, a growing number of academics, practitioners and policy makers have advocated for the adaptation of participatory methods from development studies to TJ. This article critically analyses the opportunities and challenges of implementing participation in TJ. I argue that participation can provide avenues for the voices of victims and other stakeholders to be heard, albeit not without significant challenges. I also argue that there should be increased focus to carry out participatory attempts where victims and affected community members are partners and decision makers; this just might be a starting point to ensure that TJ is indeed victim-centric. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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