Conversations about Justice

  • Susana Kaiser
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series


In the cultural scenario of Argentina in the late 1990s, “accountability” seemed to be an alien word. But impunity wasn’t taken that lightly. As we have seen, young people’s feelings of frustration and manifestations of indifference contrasted with the strong conviction that justice matters. In spite of the generalized skepticism about the possibility of justice, there was an awareness of its importance to society. Moreover, in 1998, debates over accountability were reinvigorated because some represores were being sent to jail for the kidnapping of children, a crime not covered by the impunity laws, and legal proceedings were initiated in foreign countries.


Death Penalty Military Personnel Legal Adviser Military Family Military Officer 
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