Source: (2011) New York: International Center for Transitional Justice.

Transitional justice (TJ) measures may vary in their immediate objectives, but all of them are designed to serve purposes that are public and political in nature. The success of institutions such as truth commissions, criminal tribunals, and reparations programs will depend on their impact not only on the individuals they affect directly, but also on the broader societies in which they operate. Public engagement is therefore fundamental to the goals of transitional justice, especially with regard to the following aims: 1)Properly informing the public so that they can participate in the justice process; 2) Giving affected populations a voice in the process to ensure TJ measures address their needs; 3)Publicizing goals and results so that justice is seen to be done; 4) Promoting inclusiveness and transparency in the justice processes to advance democratization; 5) Building a sense of local ownership over the justice process. (excerpt)