Dealing with the past: transitional justice, ongoing conflict and the Kurdish issue in Turkey

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Abstract

This article elaborates a framework for understanding the kinds of contexts where transitional justice has been brought into play in Turkey. The questions of why transitional justice offers an appropriate framework and what the indicators are that have made possible the existence of a ‘proto-transition’ in Turkey with respect to the Kurdish issue are explored. Contrary to the traditional theory of transitional justice, which is premised on regime change as part of a democratic transition, the use of a transitional justice process in Turkey has been occurring in the context of political violence and ongoing conflict. The possibility of inducing a transition in a ‘conflicted democracy’ is analysed. Reform and transitional justice mechanisms are viewed as the key dynamics of this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-238
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Transitional Justice
Volume9
Issue number2
Early online date1 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

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