Impunity and the right to truth in the inter-American system of human rights

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Abstract

During the 1970s and the 1980s, Latin America witnessed widespread violations
of human rights. However, from the early 1980s, the beginning of democratic transition
in the region led to an intense debate on impunity and the controversial “right to truth”:
the right to learn about what had occurred under past repressive rule. The research on
impunity and the right to truth in Latin America has mostly been focused on national
approaches or the efforts of the UN. Hitherto, the general role of the inter-American human
rights system has barely been analysed, despite its remarkable role during the repressive
period of the 1970s and early 1980s. Hence, this article will supplement existing research
efforts by shedding some light on the performance of the Organisation of American States
(OAS) regarding impunity and the right to truth. Whether there was a general strategy in
the OAS to address the problem and what perspectives for the inter-American system exist
in this regard are some of the main questions addressed by this article.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIberoamericana
Vol/bind7
Udgave nummer26
Sider (fra-til)45-66
Antal sider21
ISSN0388-1237
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2007
Udgivet eksterntJa

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