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Truth-justice-reparations interaction effects in transitional justice practice: The case of the ‘Valech Commission’ in Chile

Collins, Cath (2016) Truth-justice-reparations interaction effects in transitional justice practice: The case of the ‘Valech Commission’ in Chile. Journal of Latin American Studies, 49 (1). pp. 55-82. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X16001437

DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X16001437

Abstract

Recent thinking and practice in transitional justice suggest that victims and societies hold indivisible, perhaps even simultaneous, rights to truth, justice and reparations after gross human rights violations. This paper analyses the advantages and drawbacks of such holistic approaches totransitional justice, through a case study of Chile’s second official truth commission, the ‘ValechCommission’. The paper illustrates the politics of ongoing contestation about authoritarian era crimes in Latin America, showing how and why the commission was designed to deliver on certaintruth and reparations obligations toward survivors of past state repression, while attempting toexplicitly decouple truth revelations from judicial consequences. It also discusses the implicationsof associating truthtelling and reparations in a single instance, and in doing so contributes todebate about the potentially contradictory or counterproductive outcomes that may arise fromthe yoking together of truth, justice and reparations functions in transitional justice policy design.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:truth commissions; Valech; Chile; transitional justice; reparations
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:33310
Deposited By: Professor Cath Collins
Deposited On:13 Apr 2016 13:25
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:21

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