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Current issues in transitional justice: in the Americas

Date: Monday, June 3, 2013
Time: 12:30PM - 02:00PM
Description: The process of transition to peace and democracy in various countries of the Americas in the 80’s and 90’s have generated intense debate regarding the need to consolidate democracy and conclude internal armed conflict, while preserving the human rights of the victims of violations during authoritarian regimes or intense civil wars. During the last decades, several processes in international law have consolidated some of the basic principles in the struggle against impunity. From the emblematic decisions of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights regarding the amnesty laws in various countries of the Americas, to the creation of the ad hoc tribunals of Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the adoption of the Rome Statute created in the International Criminal Court, international law has suffered dramatic transformations that have now acquired special relevance in the national transition process. This panel will explore some of the experiences of the so-called “transitional justice” in various countries of the Americas by discussing accomplishments and lessons learned, which present tensions and difficulties they have encountered and must resolve in deliberate and creative ways. Speakers: Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture, United Nations Rodrigo Uprimny, Director of the Research Center for Law, Justice and Society José Antonio Guevara, Third Visitor, Human Rights Commission of the Federal District Julissa Mantilla, International Consultant, Gender and Transitional Justice, UN Women Moderator: Carlos Portales, Director, Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
Sponsor: The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
URL: http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hrmonth.cfm
Location: WCL Rm. 603
Contact Name: Renee Lurker
Contact Phone: 202-274-4070
Contact Email: hracademy@wcl.american.edu
Posted On: 05/24/13

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