This podcast was recorded for the launch of Policy Briefing 9 on “Displacement, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation: Assumptions, Challenges and Lessons” on June 25, 2012 at the Canadian High Commission, London with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and the Forced Migration Review.
MEGAN BRADLEY: Good morning and thank you very much for the opportunity to share the results of this policy briefing on displacement, transitional justice and reconciliation with you. In particular, I’d like to thank Héloïse Ruaudel for her work on making this event possible and the Refugee Studies Center at the University of Oxford for hosting the event and also publishing the policy brief.
Over the past ten to fifteen years there has been growing interest among policymakers, practitioners and also researchers in the links between displacement, transitional justice and reconciliation. This has been reflected in a range of initiatives and also innovations. For example we’ve seen the prosecution of arbitrary displacement as a war crime, the investigation of forced migration by truth commissions. We’ve seen the creation of property restitution commissions and also in some rare instances, the provision of compensation to refugees and IDPs for their losses. We’ve also seen increasing support for grassroots co-existence initiatives that attempt to bring together conflicting parties and communities that have been affected by violence and displacement. But there’s been only limited research that examines these issues in detail and overall we’ve seen a really ad hoc approach to policymaking and practice of these issues.