Transitional justice across continents

Popovski, Vesselin and Serrano, Monica, "Transitional justice across continents" in After oppression: transitional justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe ed. Popovski, Vesselin and Serrano, Monica (2012).

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  • Author Popovski, Vesselin
    Serrano, Monica
    Book Editor Popovski, Vesselin
    Serrano, Monica
    Chapter Title Transitional justice across continents
    Book Title After oppression: transitional justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe
    Publication Date 2012
    Abstract The decline of authoritarianism in Latin America and Eastern Europe marked the end of 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 to 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 crossed the uncharted waters of transition and liberalization, one difficult question remained: How to reconcile the need for democratic stability in the present and future with the imperative of truth and justice for the past? This was an unprecedented test: societies made their way forward often through trial and error; steps ahead were followed by steps back.
    After Oppression aims to enquire into the effectiveness of various accountability mechanisms. Drawing comparisons from cases 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 favourable 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 towards better understanding those processes and the relationship between them.
    Copyright type All Rights Reserved
    ISBN 9789280812008
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