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Reparations and Peacebuilding: Issues and Controversies


This introduction to our special section of Human Rights Review on Reparations and Peacebuilding gives an overview of the challenges currently confronting both peacebuilding and reparations. The special section aims to explore the relationship between these two mechanisms and examines the role that reparations schemes can play in salving or exacerbating conflict.

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  1. Transitional justice refers to judicial and non-judicial measures for dealing with the effects of massive human rights abuses.

  2. Truth and reconciliation mechanisms are defined as: “A temporary body established and officially sanctioned to investigate and report on patterns of human rights abuses occurring over a period of time in a particular country or in relation to a particular conflict” (PAM 2013).


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Firchow, P., Ginty, R.M. Reparations and Peacebuilding: Issues and Controversies. Hum Rights Rev 14, 231–239 (2013).

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  • Reparations
  • Peacebuilding
  • Transitional justice
  • Conflict