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‘Transitional justice for rest of the world, but not for own colonial past’: India slams Western approach an UNSC
Taking aim at a one-size-fits-all approach to settling conflicts on the world stage, Indias deputy UN envoy said Western nations have imposed a form of justice on the world that ignores their own colonial legacies.
Historical injustices committed by colonial regimes are “rarely the focus of transitional justice,” Indian Deputy Permanent Representative Nagaraj Naidu told the UN Security Council on Thursday. He was referring to a model of conflict resolution focused on accountability for past crimes and abuses “following military dictatorships, apartheid, and post-Cold War theaters.”
“Steeped in Western liberalism,” transitional justice has “entailed increased levels of coercion” by external actors into countries’ affairs, degrading national sovereignty the world over, Naidu said, calling it a “technocratic, one-size-fits-all approach.”