Human Rights Review

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 241-255

First online:

Victims’ Rights and Distributive Justice: In Search of Actors

  • Jemima García-GodosAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo Email author 

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The aim of this article is to discuss the role that victim groups and organizations may have in framing and supporting an accountability agenda, as well as their potential for endorsing a distributive justice agenda. The article explores two empirical cases where victims' rights have been introduced and applied by victim organizations to promote accountability—Colombia and Peru. It will be argued that if transitional justice in general and victim reparations in particular are to embark in a quest for distributive justice, it cannot do so without considering victims as political actors, and putting forward demands in terms of victims’ rights.


Victims’ rights Victim organisations Distributive justice Victim reparations