Syrian diaspora mobilization for prospective transitional justice in the absence of transition
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Original versionJournal of Human Rights. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/14754835.2021.2007365
Mobilization for transitional justice typically “deals with the past,” focusing on retrospective attempts to deal with injustices. Little attention has been afforded to such mobilization when prospects for transition and justice are remote. The Syrian diaspora persistently mobilizes for what we call prospective transitional justice despite unfavorable circumstances. This article asks why. First, they have a sense of moral obligation to do so. Second, framing claims in terms of transitional justice and human rights is perceived as the best strategy to transform Syrian society. Third, transitional justice discourse is an avenue through which diaspora organizations secure institutional survival.