Policy Brief: Lessons from Transitional Justice? Toward a New Framing of a Victim-Centered Approach in the Case of Historical Institutional Abuse

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Abstract

This policy briefing draws upon the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry to explicate the nexus of historical institutional abuse inquiries with transitional justice approaches. Through detailed analysis of empirical research with those who gave testimony to the Inquiry, the briefing explores to what extent the Inquiry was victim-centric, participatory and responsive. Drawing on lessons from transitional justice, the brief outlines five recommendations that could strengthen the victim-centred nature of approaches to dealing with the legacy of historical child abuse. The brief concludes that addressing victims' needs should be the linchpin for both transitional justice and historical institutional abuse approaches.
Original languageEnglish
TypePolicy Brief
Media of outputPDF
PublisherUlster University
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationBelfast
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2020

Keywords

  • Historical Institutional Abuse
  • Historical Abuse
  • Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry
  • child abuse
  • Transitional Justice
  • Northern Ireland
  • Victims
  • Victim Participation
  • human rights violations

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