Selling Justice Short: Why Accountability Matters for Peace

1 12 2009

URL: http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/07/07/selling-justice-short-0. Source: Human Rights Watch.

This 128-page report draws upon Human Rights Watch’s work over the past 20 years in nearly 20 countries. The report documents how ignoring atrocities reinforces a culture of impunity that encourages future abuses. Rather than impede negotiations or a transition to peace, remaining firm on justice can yield short- and long-term benefits. Anticipated negative consequences of pressing for accountability often do not come to pass. Justice is also important as a matter of principle. Fair trials may assist in restoring dignity to victims by acknowledging their suffering.

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