ABSTRACT

A recent report by the UK’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict assertively states that individuals who commit sexual violence in conflict ‘must be left in no doubt that they cannot evade justice’. 1 The rhetoric of no impunity, however, is used in conjunction with a wider insistence on the need to cultivate a ‘comprehensive and survivor-focused approach’. 2 The development of such an approach remains a paramount challenge and it points to the critical importance of exploring more holistic ways of doing transitional justice. In the introduction to this book, Boraine’s conceptualization of holism was discussed. For him, holism is quintessentially an amalgamation of different forms and dimensions of transitional justice, and more particularly a fusion of the five ‘key pillars’ of accountability, truth recovery, reconciliation, institutional reform and reparations. 3 This research, in contrast, maintains that a more systematic approach to holism is required.