Roundtable Event "The Role of Organised Victims in Transitional Justice in Turkey and Northern Ireland: What can these two cases learn from each other?"

Activity: Other activity typesHosting a delegation or group

Description

This roundtable event was a key part of the project "The Role of Organised Victims in Transitional Justice in Turkey and Northern Ireland", which has been led by Dr Nisan Alici and funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council since October 2023.
Organised by Dr Nisan Alici, the roundtable event brought together more than 20 academics, practitioners and activists from North of Ireland and Turkey. The roundtable was based on the idea that, despite their unique characteristics, there is considerable value in learning from grassroots efforts for justice, truth and accountability in relation to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Kurdish conflict in Turkey. This is particularly important because, in both cases, grassroots efforts took place in the absence of genuine state efforts to deal with the past. Civil society actors in both countries have been at the forefront of demanding truth and justice under adverse conditions through the persistent mobilisation of victims, survivors, their families and allies. The Roundtable therefore had two objectives. It aimed to share best practices on the crucial role of civil society in achieving justice and accountability for conflict-related human rights violations by bringing together more than 20 academics, practitioners and activists from Northern Ireland and Turkey. Building on the participants' contributions, the event also aimed at contributing to a research agenda on the role of civil society organisations in transitional justice.
Period2024
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • civil society
  • Troubles
  • victim mobilisation
  • conflict
  • Turkey
  • Kurdish Conflict
  • enforced disappearances
  • grassroots mobilisation
  • transitional justice