Applying a Coexistence Lens to Transitional Justice Processes
|Title||Applying a Coexistence Lens to Transitional Justice Processes|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Recommendations and Guidelines|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Number of Pages||9 pp.|
|Publisher||Coexistence International (CI) and West Africa Network for Transitional Justice (WANT-Justice)|
|City||Brandeis University, Waltham, USA|
In West Africa, where many countries are emerging from violent conflict and have either experienced transitional justice processes (Ghana, Sierra Leone), are in the midst of such a process (Liberia), or may consider such a process in the future, questions of coexistence, social inclusion, and inter-group relations are paramount to the prevention of future violence. Considering transitional justice within a framework of inter-group relations is critical to ensuring a future free from violence.Applying a coexistence "lens" to transitional justice processes increases the possibility of creating fundamental changes in societies that have been damaged by violence, patterns of inequalities, and abuse of authority. Using a coexistence lens in this context means that special consideration is given to inter-group and intercommunal relations when designing, enacting, and following-up transitional justice processes.From a coexistence perspective, the emphasis on the process during the transition period after violence is critical. A process implies that the efforts are long-term and complex and will utilize various approaches and measures. Inclusion and participation - key values of coexistence - are critical for framing transitional justices processes, as they are prerequisites for restoring and rebuilding a sense of civic trust and unity. These two values mean that players from all sides of the conflict, from all levels of society, from all communities - women and men, victims and perpetrators, linguistic minorities and local and traditional leaders - are involved and consulted. The recommendations / guidance paper can be downloaded from the link given below.