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Confronting Past Human Rights Violations : The Cass Series on Peacekeeping - Chandra Lekha Sriram

Confronting Past Human Rights Violations

The Cass Series on Peacekeeping

Paperback Published: 6th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415407588
Number Of Pages: 244

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This book examines what makes accountability for previous violations more or less possible for transitional regimes to achieve. It closely examines the other vital goals of such regimes against which accountability is often balanced. The options available are not simply prosecution or pardon, as the most heated polemics of the debate over transitional justice suggest, but a range of options from complete amnesty through truth commissions and lustration or purification to prosecutions. The question, then, is not whether or not accountability can be achieved, but what degree of accountability can be achieved by a given country.
The focus of the book is on the politics of transition: what makes accountability more or less feasible and what strategies are deployed by regimes to achieve greater accountability (or alternatively, greater reform). The result is a more nuanced understanding of the different conditions and possibilities that countries face, and the lesson that there is no one-size-fits-all prescription that can be handed to transitional regimes.

Introduction: Justice vs. peace in times of transition
What makes accountability possible?
Global experiences in transitional justice
El Salvador: 'Negotiated revolution' and the truth commission
Argentina: Struggle for accountability
Honduras: Justice in semi-transition
South Africa: The exchange of truth for justice
Sri Lanka: Justice in the midst of war Conclusion Compromises of transition Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415407588
ISBN-10: 0415407583
Series: The Cass Series on Peacekeeping
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 6th April 2006
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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