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The tenth anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide—in which approximately one million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were massacred in about one hundred days—provides an appropriate opportunity to consider the future of 'transitional justice.' Transitional justice involves states and societies shifting from a situation of conflict to one of peace and, in the process, using judicial and/or non-judicial mechanisms to address past human rights violations. The number and diversity of transitional justice options have never been greater than they are today. In addition, the tense and shifting international landscape, especially since 9/11 and the subsequent United States (US)-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, has both promoted and impaired international cooperation on these important issues. Recent efforts to bring to justice Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Miloševic, Radovan Karadžic, Ratko Mladic, Charles Taylor, Théoneste Bagasora, Augusto Pinochet, Hissène Habré, Luis Echeverría, and other suspected perpetrators of atrocities in the Balkans, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Chad, Chile, East Timor, Cambodia, Iraq, Mexico, and the US demonstrate how relevant and crucial issues of transitional justice are today and, unfortunately, will be for the foreseeable future. ...

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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  • The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford. Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
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