In the last decade of the twentieth century, in many Latin American countries that had undergone democratization processes, survivors of recent civil wars and repressive regimes began to demand truth, justice and reparation. Although not formally stipulated as a human right under international law, various articulations of the right to truth have become increasingly visible within reconciliation processes and transitional justice mechanisms. Professional and grassroots human rights organizations as well as individuals have cited “truth” as an essential factor in helping victims deal with past atrocities. Truth Commissions, set up by the international community as mechanisms to enable reconciliation, have often served as the basis for the legitimation of victims’ right to truth. In addition to the increasing role of international criminal courts, claims to truth have also been directly made to states, which are considered morally responsible for enforcing these claims in cases where the state was complicit or even involved in human rights violations. More or less implicitly, the right to truth has been linked to justice and reparation within the politics of victimhood in several Latin American countries and in the burgeoning field of transitional justice. Yet scant critical reflection has emerged around the implications of the conjoining of truth with justice and reparation.
The purpose of this one-day conference is to scrutinize the definition and scope of the right to truth, justice and reparation and who is defining it; how the right to truth and its linkage to justice and reparation have emerged; and what struggles and possibilities are activated around claims to this right.
Registration fee: £10 (standard) or £5 (concession)
The conference programme will be available soon. For further information please contact Ainhoa Montoya at firstname.lastname@example.org