Roads to Reconciliation

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Elin Skaar, Siri Gloppen, Astri Suhrke
Lexington Books, 2005 - 318 pages
The past two decades have witnessed the end of several civil wars and authoritarian regimes. In a period shaped by the ideal of democratization, in which more countries are emerging from deep-rooted conflicts, international attention is turning to the question of how societies with a grievous past face issues of accountability and reconciliation. How do societies deal with a past characterized by gross human rights violations? What kinds of processes-judicial as well as non-judicial-are most likely to generate a sense of reconciliation? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book provides a systematic and comparative analysis of reconciliation processes in various societies that in recent years have made a transition from authoritarian to democratic rule, or from war to relative peace. Revisiting case studies from Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia through a lens of comparative analysis, shedding new light on how societies have dealt with their violent pasts, Roads to Reconciliation is essential reading for both scholars and practitioners concerned with human rights, transitional justice, or peace building.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Roads to Reconciliation A Conceptual Framework
17
Roads to Reconciliation
51
The UN
53
The Second Generation UNBased Tribunals A Diversity of Mixed Jurisdictions
55
Healing and Social Reintegration in Mozambique and Angola
83
Rwanda An Atypical Transition
101
The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission
129
Europe and Asia
185
Reconciliation in BosniaHerzegovina
187
The Limits of Reconciliation in Cambodias Communes
201
Nahe Biti Grassroots Reconciliation in East Timor
225
Reflections
247
Justice and Reconciliation
249
Coming to Terms with Irreconcilable Truths
271
RuleBased Reconciliation
287

Latin America
155
Argentina Truth Justice and Reconciliation
157
Truth for Reconciliation The Salvadoran Experiences of 1979 and 1992
177
Index
309
About the Contributors
315
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Elin Skaar is Senior Researcher and Head of the Human Rights Programme at the Chr. Michelsen Institute. Siri Gloppen is Researcher at University of Bergen, Department of Comparative Politics and heads the 'Courts in Transition' research programme at Chr. Michelsen Institute. Astri Suhrke is Senior Research Fellow at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.

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