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Transnational transitional justice and reconciliation: the participation of conflict-generated diaspora in addressing the legacy of mass violence

Haider, Huma (2012) Transnational transitional justice and reconciliation: the participation of conflict-generated diaspora in addressing the legacy of mass violence. In: Relationships between diasporas and their “Homelands” and their impact on the state, national identities, and peace and conflict, 3-5 February 2012, Beirut, Lebanon. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper is a preliminary exploration of the role that conflict-generated diaspora communities can play in transitional justice and processes of reconciliation. The aim is to consider what potential there is for tapping into diaspora communities and the possible benefits this could have on diasporas themselves and on peacebuilding processes in the homeland. The goal is also to explore and reflect on ways in which reconciliatory attitudes can be encouraged among diaspora communities, as well as their participation in transnational activities.

The paper begins by providing a brief overview of diasporas, followed by a discussion on relationships and attitudes within conflict-generated diaspora communities in the aftermath of violence. The paper then explores the various roles that diasporas can play in transitional justice, such as providing input to strategies and participating in established mechanisms; or mobilizing on their own to push for transitional justice measures. This is followed by a brief look at diaspora involvement in other processes of reconciliation, including dialogue and media initiatives. The paper then discusses how integration policies and outcomes in the hostland can influence the views of diasporas and their involvement with the homeland. The paper concludes with challenges related to diaspora participation and some overall reflections.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:International Development Department
Keywords:Diasporas, transitional justice, reconciliation, integration, peacebuilding
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:1588

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