Transitional Justice and Security Sector Reform: Enabling Sustainable Peace

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Transitional justice has received ever more attention since the end of the Cold War; new mechanisms have been elaborated, older ones enhanced and developed, all increasingly promoted. The aim is to avoid reoccurence of human rights violations, establish a form of accountability and enhance reconciliation in war-torn nations. However, the advantages and disadvantages with all transitional mechanisms vary and are influenced by numerous factors in post-conflict society. Crucially, the link between transitional justice and security sector reform, although acknowledged, has not been sufficiently explored. They can mutually affect each other in a number of ways, which can have both positive and negative impacts upon long-term reform and sustainable peace. This paper will establish the link between transitional justice and security sector reform and how they can interact in a post-conflict setting, both strengthening and weakening each other. Moreover, it will evaluate the challenges faced transitional justice mechanisms as well as their merits in obtaining the objectives of transitional justice, whilst arguing for a complementary approach to transitional justice.

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  • political reform
  • transitional justice
  • truth and

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  • Eirin Mobekk

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