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Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice By Iosif Kovras (City, University of London)

Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice by Iosif Kovras (City, University of London)

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This book explores how, in Lebanon, Cyprus, South Africa and Chile, the families of victims of enforced disappearances fought for the truth. Supplemented by a new global database of enforced disappearances, these cases reveal how grassroots activists can be instrumental in determining the form of transitional justice mechanisms.

Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice Summary

Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared by Iosif Kovras (City, University of London)

The families of the disappeared have long struggled to uncover the truth about their missing relatives. In so doing, their mobilization has shaped central transitional justice norms and institutions, as this ground-breaking work demonstrates. Kovras combines a new global database with the systematic analysis of four challenging case studies - Lebanon, Cyprus, South Africa and Chile - each representative of a different approach to transitional justice. These studies reveal how variations in transitional justice policies addressing the disappeared occur: explaining why victims' groups in some countries are caught in silence, while others bring perpetrators to account. Conceiving of transitional justice as a dynamic process, Kovras traces the different phases of truth recovery in post-transitional societies, giving substance not only to the 'why' but also the 'when' and 'how' of this kind of campaign against impunity. This book is essential reading for all those interested in the development of transitional justice and human rights.

About Iosif Kovras (City, University of London)

Iosif Kovras is a senior lecturer in Comparative Politics at City, University of London. His research interests include comparative politics, post-conflict transitional justice and human rights.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Methods and Theory: 2. Methodological and theoretical innovations in the use of databases in transitional justice; Part II. Global and Historical Perspectives: 3. The daughters of Antigone in Latin America: Argentinian mothers; 4. 'Forensic cascade': the technologies and institutions of truth; 5. The 'missing' tale of human rights; Part III. National Perspectives: 6. Institutionalized silences for the missing in Lebanon; 7. Cyprus: the bright side of a frozen conflict; 8. Truth commissions and the missing: TRC's 'unfinished business'; 9. Poetic justice: the Chilean desaparecidos; 10. Conclusions: five lessons for transitional justice.

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NGR9781316617700
9781316617700
131661770X
Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared by Iosif Kovras (City, University of London)
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Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2017-04-19
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