Seeking Human Rights Justice in Latin America

Seeking Human Rights Justice in Latin America

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Jeffrey Davis
Cambridge University Press, 1/23/2014
EAN 9780521514361, ISBN10: 0521514363

Hardcover, 252 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

This book studies how victims of human rights violations in Latin America, their families, and their advocates work to overcome entrenched impunity and seek legal justice. Their struggles show that legal justice is a multifaceted process, the overarching purpose of which is to restore human dignity and prevent further violence. Uncovering, revealing, and proving the truth are essential elements of legal justice, and are also powerful tools to activate the process. When faced with stubborn impunity at home, victims, families, and advocates can carry on their work for legal justice by bringing cases in courts in other countries or in the inter-American human rights system. These extra-territorial courts can jump-start the process of legal justice at home. Seeking Human Rights Justice in Latin America examines the political and legal struggle through the lens of the human story at the heart of these cases.

1. Building justice from truth - the process begins
2. Reconstituting human dignity and the process of legal justice
3. Truth and the process of justice
4. The foundation of justice
the rights to truth and information
5. Moving the process and proving the truth
6. Exposing the truth and jump starting the process in extra-territorial courts
7. The effect of extra-territorial courts on the process of justice and conclusion.