Transitional justice, or as we prefer to call it, Transformative Justice, refers to a process that countries emerging from periods of conflict and repression undertake in order to address extensive human rights violations, too widespread and serious to be dealt with through the ordinary justice system. Transformative justice encompasses a wide range of processes intended to address the past – the exact processes undertaken will vary according to country and context. The principle aims of transformative justice include promoting accountability of perpetrators of serious crimes or human rights violations and providing reparations for survivors and the victim’s families or communities. Transformative justice seeks to guarantee of non-recurrence of rights violations and and promote truth-telling.
LAW recognises that transformative justice must be locally driven, and that all sections of society must be meaningfully involved. Human rights violations are usually experienced differently by men and women: not only in the types of violations but also in terms of their long-term impact. LAW takes a participatory and gender-sensitive approach in its provision of technical assistance to local legal institutions and organisations and fosters the participation of women, the young, and minority and survivor communities at all levels of the transitional justice process.
Read how LAW is contributing to the transformative justice process in Sri Lanka, here.