After Oppression: Tradional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe

Overview

The decline of authoritarianism in Latin America and Eastern Europe closed a dark chapter in the history of these societies. In both regions, transition to democracy was accompanied by distinct efforts to come to terms with the traumatic experiences of the past and demand accountability from the oppressors. The impact of these efforts rippled far beyond national boundaries, expanding the frontiers of international justice and yielding indelible lessons and inspiration.

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Overview

The decline of authoritarianism in Latin America and Eastern Europe closed a dark chapter in the history of these societies. In both regions, transition to democracy was accompanied by distinct efforts to come to terms with the traumatic experiences of the past and demand accountability from the oppressors. The impact of these efforts rippled far beyond national boundaries, expanding the frontiers of international justice and yielding indelible lessons and inspiration.

As these societies entered the uncharted waters of transition and liberalization, one difficult question remained: How to reconcile the need for democratic stability in the present and the future with the imperative of truth and justice for the past? This was an unprecedented test. Each society made its way forward through trial and error.

After Oppression aims to analyze and reveal the effectiveness of various accountability mechanisms. Drawing comparisons from case studies in Latin America and Eastern Europe, the book demonstrates that while there are many different paths to truth and justice, all depend on continued efforts in order to reach them. In many cases these efforts also create favorable conditions for the development of a resilient human rights culture. The experiences across regions show that democratic consolidation and accountability for past human rights violations are closely related, if independent, processes. This accessible book makes an important contribution toward better understanding those processes and the relationship between them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280812008
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Vesselin Popovski is senior academic officer and head of section for peace and security studies in the Institute for Sustainability and Peace at the United Nations University, Tokyo.

Mónica Serrano is executive director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

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Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes x

List of contributors xii

Acknowledgements xiv

Introduction 1

1 Transitional justice across continents Vesselin Popovski Mónica Serrano 3

2 Models of accountability and the effectiveness of transitional justice Kathryn Sikkink 19

Part I Latin America 39

3 Accountability, the rule of law and transitional justice in Latin America Pilar Domingo 41

4 "The past is never dead": Accountability and justice for past, human rights violations in Argentina Catalina Smulovitz 64

5 The paradox of accountability in Brazil James L. Cavallaro Fernando Delgado 86

6 The unlikely outcome: Transitional justice in Chile,1990-2008 Claudio Fuentes 116

7 Transitional justice without a compass: Paramilitary demobilization in Colombia Elvira María Restrepo 143

8 El Salvador: The peace process and transitional justice Ricardo Córdova Macías Nayelly Loya Marín 170

9 Transitional justice in Guatemala Carmen Rosa de León Escribano María Patricia González Chávez 196

10 Transitional justice and democratic consolidation: The Peruvian experience Carlos Basombrío Iglesias 222

Part II Eastern Europe 243

11 On the effectiveness of judicial accountability mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina Ernesto Kiza 245

12 Justice and accountability mechanisms in Bulgaria in the transition period (1989-2008) Hristo Hristov Alexander Kashumov 273

13 After the fall of the Berlin Wall: Transitional justice in Germany Gerhard Werle Moritz Vormbaum 298

14 Lustration as a trust-building mechanism? Transitional justice in Poland Monika Nalepa 333

15 Neither forgiving nor punishing? Evaluating transitional justice in Romania Lavinia Stan 363

16 From Velvet Revolution to velvet justice: The case of Slovakia Nadya Nedelsky 390

17 Accountability for Communist crimes and restitution for victims in Slovenia Mitja Steinbacher Matjaz Steinbacher Matej Steinbacher 418

Conclusions 437

18 Transitional justice: Refraining the debate Alexandra Barahona de Brito Laurence Whitehead 439

19 Transitional justice and democratic consolidation Monica Serrano 463

20 The complexity and effectiveness of transitional justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe Vesselin Popovski 485

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