Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Cunliffe
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Transitional justice is considered a building block of peacebuilding in post-conflict scenarios. Processes may include criminal justice mechanisms, reparation programmes, truth-seeking bodies and institutional reforms which seek to provide redress for victims of human rights atrocities. However, it is now widely acknowledged that the destruction of cultural heritage plays a significant role in and of itself in modern conflicts, affecting entire societies, as it is linked to the destruction of group identity, and can even prolong violence in the post-conflict period. The loss of cultural heritage has been devastating in the ongoing civil war in Syria, most notably in World Heritage sites. Despite this, discussions of potential peacebuilding methods and ideas for transitional justice programmes in Syria have failed to incorporate it. This paper argues that cultural heritage should be included in such work in its own right, and suggests ways this could be accomplished to encourage greater awareness of Syria’s cultural diversity, and the understanding and healing that can bring.
Author(s): Lostal M, Cunliffe E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of the Historic Environment: Policy And Practice
Print publication date: 01/12/2016
Online publication date: 26/04/2016
Acceptance date: 29/03/2016
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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