After Oppression

Transitional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe

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The decline of authoritarianism in Latin America and Eastern Europe marked the end of a dark chapter in the history of these societies. In both regions, transition to democracy was accompanied by distinct efforts to come to terms with the traumatic experiences of the past and to demand accountability from the oppressors. The impact of these efforts rippled far beyond national boundaries, expanding the frontiers of international justice, and yielding indelible lessons and inspiration.



Transitional justice across continents

It is now more than four decades since the European Commission of Human Rights, at the request of four of its members, conducted its groundbreaking investigation into human rights violations in Greece in 1968. A newly established democratic government in Greece, as in Portugal, was to conduct unprecedented domestic human rights prosecutions against government officials of the preceding authoritarian regimes.


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