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Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America : Uruguay and Chile - Alexandra Barahona de Brito

Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America

Uruguay and Chile

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Published: 1st February 1997
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This insightful new work analyses the attempts by Chile and Uruguay to resolve the human rights violations conflicts inherited from military dictatorships. The author focuses on how the post-transitional democratic governments dealt with demmands for official recognition of the truth about the human rights violations committed by the military regimes and for punishment of those guilty of committing or ordering those offences. Alexandra DeBrito sheds light on the political conditions which permitted - or prevented - the politics of truth-telling and justice under these successor regimes. This is the first study to make comparative assessment of human rights abuse in Uruguay and Chile in this way. The author contends that the experiences of these countries offer formative examples of attempts to tackle fundamental aspects of the policies of transition and democratization. She makes an original contribution to our understanding of the key political, legal, and moral issues involved.

`although the author does not provide a fully developed theory of transition and truth-telling, the lessons of this compelling book can be extended to other least likely cases, such as Paraguay and South Africa.' International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol.46, July 1997

oxford Studies In Democratizationp. i
Oxford Studies in Democratizationp. ii
Human Rights and Democratization in Latin Americap. iii
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Problems of Transitional Truth and Justice in Comparative Perspective and Human Rights Violations Under Military Rule in Uruguay and Chilep. 15
Confronting Legacies of State Repression: Uruguay and Chile in Comparative Perspectivep. 17
The Dynamic of Military Repression in Uruguay and Chile: Ideology and Resistance to Truth and Justicep. 38
Truth and Justice in Transitionp. 67
Negotiating Truth and Justice in the Transition to Democracy in Uruguay, 1980-1985p. 69
Truth and Justice in the Transitional Period in Chile, 1988-1990p. 98
Truth and Justice Under Successor Democratic Regimesp. 123
The Long and Tortuous Path to Military Amnesty and the Referendum in Uruguay, 1985-1989p. 125
Negotiating Truth, Justice, and Pardons Under the ConcertaciĆ³n Governments of Aylwin 1990-1993 and Frei 1993-p. 152
Assessing Truth and Justice in Uruguay and Chile: the Road to Democratic Consolidation?p. 189
Assessing Truth and Justice Policies in Uruguay and Chilep. 191
Conclusionsp. 213
Referencesp. 293
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780198280385
ISBN-10: 0198280386
Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st February 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.28  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.67