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Cultural heritage that heals: factoring in cultural heritage discourses in the Syrian peacebuilding process

Lostal, Marina and Cunliffe, Emma (2016) 'Cultural heritage that heals: factoring in cultural heritage discourses in the Syrian peacebuilding process.' Historic Environment: Policy and Practice, 7 (2-3). pp. 248-259. ISSN 1756-7505

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict, cultural heritage, destruction, peacebuilding, Syria, transitional justice, World Heritage
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 12:16
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:16

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