Source: (2006) South Africa: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Transitional Justice Programme Research Brief.

The lack of empirical research around memorialisation as a process within transitional justice has resulted in ad-hoc, often uncoordinated and unmonitored memorialisation efforts that serve only the needs of specific groups, often rendering memorials political mechanisms of the state that are unable to achieve it's full potential as a peacebuilding mechanism. Furthermore, symbolic reparation is perceived by many as a non-essential recommendation -- a mechanism that diverts attention from what is perceived as more significant forms of reparation such as financial reparations or land restitution. It is within this context, that the following paper is presented. (excerpt)

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