Confronting Past Human Rights Violations
Justice vs. Peace in Times of Transition
By (author) Chandra Lekha Sriram
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Confronting Past Human Rights Violations by Chandra Lekha Sriram
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714655994
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chandra Lekha Sriram
Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground, Paperback (November 2013)
This text seeks to refine our understanding of transitional justice and peacebuilding, and long-term security and reintegration challenges after violent conflicts.
Surviving Field Research, Paperback (May 2009)» View all books by Chandra Lekha Sriram
How do we gain authentic information and generate credible knowledge from research in difficult places and from difficult audiences? Can we do this? Are there practical solutions to the challenges and barriers often put before us? This book guides researchers in conducting research in situations of violent conflict or human rights abuses.
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Author Biography - Chandra Lekha Sriram
Chandra Lekha Sriram is a lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches international relations and international law, and human rights. She obtained her doctorate from Princeton University in 2000.
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