Transitional Justice in Syria

August 4, 2014

This publication has emphasised that transitional justice is essential to securing a sustainable transition following a period of conflict and serious human rights abuses. Transitional justice has not been presented as an end in itself or as a box Syria must tick as part of its reconstruction. Transitional justice is the means through which Syria can confront its past and start the process of rebuilding a sustainable peace. It can help break cycles of impunity and violence that have destabilised society in the past; empower and restore the dignity of victims; provide a basis for reforming political structures and restoring the rule of law; and secure a foundation for reconciliation initiatives. Transitional justice is not the only approach Syria will need to overcome its past and achieve peace and stability, but it is an important tool to reach those goals.