“To Participate is to Have Hope”

Victim Participation in Tunisia's Transitional Justice Process

Authored by: Ahmed Aloui, Kora Andrieu, Wahid Ferchichi, et al

Categories: Human Rights, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Country: Tunisia
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2015
Citation: Aloui, Ahmed, Kora Andrieu, Wahid Ferchichi, et al. "To Participate is to Have Hope": Victim Participation in Tunisia's Transitional Justice Process. Tunis: Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center, Center for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, and Impunity Watch, 2015.

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Executive Summary

This study sought to interrogate what participation in the process means concretely for a range of Tunisian victims of human rights violations, with the aim of making recommendations to promote the more effective participation of victims in Tunisia’s transitional justice process. Participation in transitional justice has been conceptualized as being able to both inform and improve a process, and potentially empower victims in ways that fundamentally change their relationship to the state. This study sought to empirically inform such understandings at a time when the challenges to effective victim participation in Tunisia’s process can still be addressed. It also seeks to make a broader contribution to scholarship around victim participation in transitional justice processes.