From Theory to Practice: Implementing Reparations in Post-Truth Commission Peru
Waging War, Making Peace: Reparations and Human Rights, pp. 75-91, Left Coast Press (2009)
14 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2017
Date Written: 2009
This chapter explores the challenges of implementing the normative framework of the right to reparations to situations of widespread human rights violations with thousands of victims. The author shares her field work research to discuss this contemporary problem with regard to the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission formed in 2001 after twenty years of internal armed conflict between the state and illegally armed groups. In particular, she reveals the challenges of Peru’s effort to implement integral reparations pursuant to the Truth Commission’s recommendations almost five years after they were issued. While these experiences may taint pristine concepts of rights, she argues that it may be more important to understand how these concepts need to be adapted to local contexts and any type of judgment on the matter depends on the perspective of victims-survivors.
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Keywords: Reparations, Transitional Justice, Truth Commissions, Reconciliation, Human Rights
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