The Relevance of Victims' Organizations in the Transitional Justice Process: The Case of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina

Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, V. 12, 2017

70 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2017

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Valeria Weis

New York University (NYU); Buenos Aires University; Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School; Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

Date Written: July 5, 2017

Abstract

The case of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo has been extensively discussed, but most commentators focus on two aspects: its “uniqueness,” and its “meaningful participation” in the transitional justice process. This paper challenges the traditional commentary by concentrating on the complexity of the Grandmother’s experience and its potential to be replicated by other victims’ organizations in other parts of the globe. The paper also proposes replacing the traditional goal of “meaningful participation” – focused on a victim-centered or victim-oriented perspective – by means of a victim-driven approach. To do this, the article analyzes the success of the Grandmothers by showing their independent work during a variety of political circumstances at the national level.

Suggested Citation

Weis, Valeria, The Relevance of Victims' Organizations in the Transitional Justice Process: The Case of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina (July 5, 2017). Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, V. 12, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3016541

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