Anti-impunity and the human rights agenda

In the twenty-first century, fighting impunity has become both the rallying cry and a metric of progress for human rights. The new emphasis on criminal prosecution represents a fundamental change in the positions and priorities of students and practitioners of human rights and transitional justice:...

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Corporate Authors: Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy
Other Authors: Engle, Karen (Editor), Miller, Zinaida (Editor), Davis, D. M. (Denys Mathias) (Editor)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2016
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Collection: Cambridge Books Online - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:In the twenty-first century, fighting impunity has become both the rallying cry and a metric of progress for human rights. The new emphasis on criminal prosecution represents a fundamental change in the positions and priorities of students and practitioners of human rights and transitional justice: it has become almost unquestionable common sense that criminal punishment is a legal, political, and pragmatic imperative for addressing human rights violations. This book challenges that common sense. It does so by documenting and critically analyzing the trend toward an anti-impunity norm in a variety of institutional and geographical contexts, with an eye toward the interaction between practices at the global and local levels. Together, the chapters demonstrate how this laser focus on anti-impunity has created blind spots in practice and in scholarship that result in a constricted response to human rights violations, a narrowed conception of justice, and an impoverished approach to peace
Physical Description:x, 389 pages digital
ISBN:9781139942263