Transitional Amnesty in South Africa

Transitional Amnesty in South Africa

by Antje du Bois-Pedain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521878292

ISBN-13: 9780521878296

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

After the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa reached out to perpetrators of violence from all conflicting parties by giving amnesty to those who fully disclosed their politically motivated crimes. This 2007 volume provides a comprehensive analysis of South Africa's amnesty scheme in its practical and normative dimensions. Through empirical analysis of

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After the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa reached out to perpetrators of violence from all conflicting parties by giving amnesty to those who fully disclosed their politically motivated crimes. This 2007 volume provides a comprehensive analysis of South Africa's amnesty scheme in its practical and normative dimensions. Through empirical analysis of over 1000 amnesty decisions made by the Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the study measures the scheme against its stated goals of truth recovery, victim empowerment and perpetrator accountability. It also explores normative questions raised by the absence of punishment. Highlighting the distinctive nature of South Africa's conditional amnesty as an exceptional 'rite of passage' into the new, post-conflict society, it argues that the amnesty scheme is best viewed as an attempt to construct a new 'justice script' for a society in transition, in which a legacy of politically motivated violence is being addressed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521878296
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The TRC-based amnesty scheme: background and overview; 2. The practice of the committee when making decisions; 3. The committee's interpretation of the political offence requirement; 4. The concept of full disclosure; 5. Truth recovery in the amnesty process; 6. Victim empowerment in the amnesty process; 7. Perpetrator accountability in the amnesty process; 8. Conditional amnesty and international law; 9. Conclusion.

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