Families of the Missing interrogates the current practice of
transitional justice from the viewpoint of the families of those
disappeared and missing as a result of conflict and political
violence. Studying the needs of families of the missing in two
contexts, Nepal and Timor-Leste, the practice of transitional
justice is seen to be rooted in discourses that are alien to
predominantly poor and rural victims of violence, and that are
driven by elites with agendas that diverge from those of the
victims. In contrast to the legalist orientation of the global
transitional justice project, victims do not see judicial process
as a priority. Rather, they urgently seek an answer concerning the
fate of the missing, and to retrieve human remains. As important
are livelihood issues where families are struggling to cope with
the loss of breadwinners and seek support to ensure economic
security. Although rights are the product of a discourse that
claims to be global and universal, needs are necessarily local and
particular, the product of culture and context. And it is from this
perspective that Families of the Missing seeks both to understand
the limitations of transitional justice processes in addressing the
priorities of victims, and to provide the basis of an emancipatory
victim-centred approach to transitional justice.
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