Victims’ Rights and Distributive Justice: In Search of Actors

Authored by: Jemima García-Godos

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Country: Colombia
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Year: 2013
Citation: García-Godos, Jemima. "Victims' Rights and Distributive Justice: In Search of Actors." Human Rights Review 14, no. 3 (Sep. 2013): 241-55.

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Executive Summary

The aim of this article is to discuss the role that victim groups and organizations may have in framing and supporting an accountability agenda, as well as their potential for endorsing a distributive justice agenda. The article explores two empirical cases where victims' rights have been introduced and applied by victim organizations to promote accountability—Colombia and Peru. It will be argued that if transitional justice in general and victim reparations in particular are to embark in a quest for distributive justice, it cannot do so without considering victims as political actors, and putting forward demands in terms of victims’ rights.