Amnesty after Atrocity?: Healing Nations after Genocide and War Crimes / Edition 1

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Overview

In Amnesty after Atrocity? veteran journalist Helena Cobban examines the effectiveness of different ways of dealing with the aftermath of genocide and violence committed during deep intergroup conflicts. She traveled to Rwanda, Mozambique, and South Africa to assess the various ways those nations tried to come to grips with their violent past: from war crimes trials to truth commissions to outright amnesties for perpetrators. She discovered that in terms of both moving these societies forward and satisfying the needs of survivors, war crimes trials are not the most effective path. This work provides strategic historical context and includes interviews with a cross-section of the panoply of humanity that makes up any post-atrocity society: community leaders, victims, policymakers, teachers, rights activists, and even some former abusers. These first-person accounts create a rich, readable text, and Cobban’s overall conclusions will surprise many readers in the West.
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“In this profoundly disturbing book, Helena Cobban confronts us inescapably with the way the western world has closed its ears to the tragedy of Africa. There is a way to redeem ourselves, and that is the theme of much of Amnesty after Atrocity?”“In this profoundly disturbing book, Helena Cobban confronts us inescapably with the way the western world has closed its ears to the tragedy of Africa. There is a way to redeem ourselves, and that is the theme of much of Amnesty after Atrocity?”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513176
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Helena Cobban is a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and a contributing writer at the Boston Review. She has also written several books, including The Moral Architecture of World Peace (University of Virginia Press 2000), The Superpowers and the Syrian-Israeli Conflict (Praeger Publishers 1991) and The Making of Modern Lebanon (Hutchinson 1985).
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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Preface

Chapter 1: Atrocities, Conflicts, and Peacemaking

Chapter 2: Rwanda: Court Processes after Mass Violence

Chapter 3: South Africa: Amnesties, Truth-Seeking—-and Reconciliation?

Chapter 4: Mozambique: Heal and Rebuild

Chapter 5: Comparing Postconflict Justice in Rwanda, South Africa, and Mozambique

Chapter 6: Restoring Peacemaking, Revaluing History

Notes
Name Index
Subject Index

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