SERRANÒ, Agata, LYNCH, Orla, ARGOMANIZ, Javier y LAWTHER, Cheryl (2018): «Memory, truth and justice Understanding the experience of victims of terrorism and political violence: the cases of the United Kingdom and Spain», en LYNCH, Orla y ARGOMANIZ, Javier (eds.): Victims and Perpetrators of Terrorism. Exploring Identities, Roles and Narratives. Londres: Routledge.
With a view to developing our understanding of the needs of victims of terrorism and political violence, this chapter will examine the social and political needs of these individuals and their families. In attempting to conceptualise these needs, the importance of context cannot be underestimated therefore this paper focuses specifically on the case of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland (NI) as well as Spain, more specifically, the Basque Country. Using the analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted with both victims and representatives from victims’ groups in both countries, this contribution will specifically explore the key themes emergent from the data of memory, truth and justice. This chapter examines the social and political needs of victims of terrorism and political violence and their families. It focuses specifically on the case of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland (NI) as well as Spain, more specifically, the Basque Country. The chapter explores the key themes emergent from the data of memory, truth and justice. Truth is considered to be an individual need but can be also seen as a collective societal right. It is therefore a very complex intangible notion related to historical narratives, issues of legacy, politicisation and power. Memory is a collective responsibility that should serve to de-legitimise the narrative of those perpetrating violence. The concept of justice that emerges in the interviews carried out with the Spanish participants is very close to the notion of “retributive justice”: a theory of justice that considers penal punishment, if proportionate and assigned in the frame of the Rule of Law, to be the best response to crime.
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