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Introduction

Chapter

Abstract

After transitions from authoritarian rule and the end of armed conflict, societies need to decide whether and how their nations should come to terms with their burdened pasts. Many of them experienced despotism, political repression, arbitrary violence, and the systematic violation of human rights. Political leaders are therefore faced with the question of whether to investigate past crimes legally in order to punish the perpetrators of gross rights violations, or whether to grant a general amnesty in an attempt to swiftly ensure peace and ‘reconciliation’.

Keywords

Armed Conflict Transitional Justice Authoritarian Rule Truth Commission Past Crime 
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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HamburgGermany

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