Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific

Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Asia and the Pacific

Edited by: Lia Kent orcid, Joanne Wallis orcid, Claire Cronin

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Over the last two decades, civil society has helped catalyse responses to the legacies of violent conflicts and oppressive political regimes in Asia and the Pacific. Civil society has advocated for the establishment of criminal trials and truth commissions, monitored their operations and pushed for take-up of their recommendations. It has also initiated community-based transitional justice responses. Yet, there has been little in-depth examination of the breadth and diversity of these roles. This book addresses this gap by analysing the heterogeneity of civil society transitional justice activity in Asia and the Pacific.

Based upon empirically grounded case studies of Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Fiji, this book illustrates that civil society actors can have different – and sometimes competing – priorities, resources and approaches to transitional justice. Their work is also underpinned by diverse understandings of ‘justice’. By reflecting on the richness of this activity, this book advances contemporary debates about transitional justice and civil society. It will also be a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners working on Asia and the Pacific.


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ANU Press
Pacific Series
Social Sciences: Military & Defence Studies, Politics & International Studies
Fiji, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar

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