The purpose of this article is to elaborate on the need for, and the prospect of, establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the former Yugoslavia. The ratio for such a commission has much to do with the failings of the Yugoslav Tribunal to realize its didactic purposes to its fullest potential, a consequence of anti-Tribunal propaganda and the inability to generate a form of truth that would serve as an adequate basis for post-conflict reconciliation. Following the outlining of these shortcomings, this paper shall assess some of the past and more recent attempts aimed towards the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission within the former Yugoslav states.
International Criminal Law
Guatemala is the country with the highest number of victims of enforced disappearance in Latin America. As a result of the repression during the internal armed conflict (1960-1996), around 45,000 people were disappeared. Despite this large number, only a few cases have been investigated and prosecuted. In her article Gretel Alexandra Mejía Bonifazi reports the remarkable example of the Molina Theissen family in the search for truth and justice.
The 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Principles was celebrated on November 20 and 21 in an international conference “The Nuremberg Principles 70 Years Later: Contemporary Challenges”. The conference, organized by International Nuremberg Principles Academy, brought to Nuremberg experts, lawyers and human rights defenders from around the world to discuss the legacy of Nuremberg Principles in promoting human rights and international criminal law.
International Criminal Law Sources in the Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights – Some Comparative ConsiderationsDec 23rd, 2008 | By NMRZ
by Juan Pablo Pérez-León Acevedo
The Latin-American scenario was characterized by the presence of several protracted and intense internal armed conflicts as well as widespread and systematic human rights violations committed by dictatorships in peace time. […]
The stony path from The Nuremberg Trial 60 years ago, when those primarily responsible for the war and war crimes in Germany had to answer for their actions, to finally establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002 is presented in an exhibition, which was inaugurated on October 2, 2006 in The Hague.