Reparations for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity : systems in place and systems in the making
Leiden : Brill Nijhoff, 2020
This chapter examines the use of reparations in Northern Ireland in remedying the past. It traces the contested nature of victimhood, central to the continuing controversy surrounding the provision of reparations in Northern Ireland. It then summarises the current state of affairs in Northern Ireland in relation to the five main forms of reparations. This section also considers victims who have brought their reparation claims before the courts to seek redress, owing to the insufficiency of the status quo of reparations programmes in Northern Ireland. The final section concludes by finding that reparations offered to victims have been piecemeal, grossly insufficient in remedying their harm, and packaged as ‘services’ rather than rights. Instead, a rights-based approach to reparations is suggested alongside a truth process. As such, it is hoped that this analysis can offer insight into the challenges of introducing reparations into a protracted transitional justice context.
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