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Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America: Uruguay and Chile

Alexandra Barahona de Brito


This book analyses the Uruguayan and Chilean experiences with the transitional politics of truth and justice regarding past human rights violations. These policies are shaped by the legacy of repressive rule, and the dynamics of the politics of transition and of the balance of power under the new democratic governments peculiar to each country. The issue is central to the politics of transition for ethical, symbolic, practical and political reasons: politically it is the most explosive transitional issue; on a practical level, only official acknowledgement can resolve pending legal questions f ... More

Keywords: accountability, balance of power, Chile, consolidated democracy, deconstruction of cultures of fear, deep-seated social animosities, democratic consensus, democratization, judiciary, forces of repression, human rights violations, justice, Latin America, legacies of repression, limited prosecutions, official acknowledgement, past human rights violations, political reform, politics of a consolidated democracy, reform of key institutions, social reform, survivors, victims' families, transition to democracy, truth and justice, Uruguay, values and aspirations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198280385
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198280386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Barahona de Brito, author
Institute for European-Latin American Relations, Madrid

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