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Dealing with legacies of violence : transitional justice and governance transitions

Pilar Domingo, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), May 2012, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London, 11 pages.

Pilar Domingo, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), May 2012, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London, 11 pages.

Transitional justice (TJ) is firmly on the international agenda in post-conflict and post-repression settings. In March 2012 the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Thomas Lubanga guilty of human rights crimes in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo and, the following month, Liberian ex-President, Charles Taylor, was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Alongside such high-profile court cases, other mechanisms for achieving transitional justice continue to evolve in a wide range of post-conflict and post-authoritarian contexts, including now stable countries, such as Spain. In fact, in countries with a legacy of violence, oppression or impunity for human rights abuses,
there is now an almost automatic expectation that issues of redress, justice, and accountability will feature in the ensuing governance transition.......

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