Transitional Amnesty in South Africa
By (author) Antje Du Bois-Pedain
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Transitional Amnesty in South Africa by Antje Du Bois-Pedain
Book DescriptionAfter the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa reached out to perpetrators of violence from all conflicting parties by giving amnesty to those who fully disclosed their politically motivated crimes. This 2007 volume provides a comprehensive analysis of South Africa's amnesty scheme in its practical and normative dimensions. Through empirical analysis of over 1000 amnesty decisions made by the Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the study measures the scheme against its stated goals of truth recovery, victim empowerment and perpetrator accountability. It also explores normative questions raised by the absence of punishment. Highlighting the distinctive nature of South Africa's conditional amnesty as an exceptional 'rite of passage' into the new, post-conflict society, it argues that the amnesty scheme is best viewed as an attempt to construct a new 'justice script' for a society in transition, in which a legacy of politically motivated violence is being addressed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521878296
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Antje Du Bois-Pedain
Transitional Amnesty in South Africa, Paperback (August 2011)
A comprehensive 2007 study of South Africa's amnesty process, based on empirical analysis of over 1,000 decisions.
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