Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond by Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Javier Mariezcurrena

By Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Javier Mariezcurrena

Facing the aftermath of civil clash or the autumn of a repressive executive keeps to hassle nations in the course of the global. while a lot of the Nineteen Nineties used to be thinking about debates in regards to the relative advantages of felony prosecutions and fact commissions, by means of the tip of the last decade a consensus emerged that this either/or process used to be irrelevant and pointless. A moment iteration of transitional justice studies have under pressure either fact and justice and realize unmarried approach may well inadequately serve societies rebuilding after clash or dictatorship. in response to reports in ten international locations, this ebook analyzes how a few mix a number of associations, others test with community-level tasks that draw on conventional legislations and tradition, when others mix inner activities with transnational or foreign ones. The authors argue that transitional justice efforts should also think about the demanding situations to legitimacy and native possession rising after exterior army intervention or career.

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They seemed to be the incarnation of the contradictions that gripped the entire country, in that one and the same child might be both a victim and a perpetrator. In one case, a young teenager reported on how he had been forced to watch while his parents were slaughtered, and then forcibly recruited into the RUF where he became a killer. When he testified before the Commission, he had returned home to live with relatives and was back in school. But many others were much less fortunate, and still live as street children in the alleyways of Freetown, or are condemned to lives of inactivity in amputee camps.

The participants discussed the important issue of an amicable relationship between the two institutions that would reflect their roles, and the difficult issue of whether information could and should be shared between them. The pros and cons of a wide range of possibilities regarding cooperation between the Commission and the Court were examined. Based on those discussions, the participants agreed on a number of basic principles that should guide the TRC and the Special Court in determining modalities of cooperation.

When he testified before the Commission, he had returned home to live with relatives and was back in school. But many others were much less fortunate, and still live as street children in the alleyways of Freetown, or are condemned to lives of inactivity in amputee camps. The Commission worked closely with various international and local child protection organizations. Special counselling was available when child witnesses were heard. Witnesses under eighteen were not even allowed the option of testifying in public; they too would be heard with victims of sexual assault in closed hearings.

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