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Disappearances in the Post-Transition Era in Latin America

ISBN : 9780197267226

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Author: 
Karina Ansolabehere; Leigh Payne; Barbara Frey
Pages
304 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2021
Series
Proceedings of the British Academy
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Latin America sits at the centre of the third wave of democratisation beginning in the early 1980s. It has advanced farther than any other region of the world in its accountability processes for past human rights violations perpetrated during authoritarian regimes and armed conflicts. Despite these human rights achievements, Latin America is known as the most violent global region. In the last two decades since the transitions, serious human rights violations, especially disappearances, have increased exponentially in several countries in the region. This volume seeks to understand these post-transition disappearances. It does so by examining four different countries and the dynamics that play out there. It considers a variety of voices and points of view: those expressing the experiences from the perspectives of victims and relatives; those of activists, advocates, and public officials seeking truth and justice; and those from scholars attempting to draw out the specificities in each case and the patterns across cases. The underlying objective behind the project to gain knowledge and to draw on deep commitment to change within the region is to overcome this tragedy. After reading this volume, readers will not only have an overview of the practice of disappearances in the region, but will also be able to gauge how, despite the differences, the social and political logics that make disappearances possible are similar. The disappearances of the past and those of present are not the same, and it would be a mistake to consider them that way, but the social practices that make them possible are similar. These practices are what we call the logics of disappearance.

Index: 

List of Illustrations
List of Figures
List of Tables
Note on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
1 LEIGH A. PAYNE AND KARINA ANSOLABEHERE: Conceptualising Post-Transition Disappearances
2 BARBARA A. FREY: Conceptualising Disappearances in International Law
PART II. COUNTRY CASE STUDIES
MEXICO
3 LULU HERRERA WITH PAULA CUELLAR CUELLAR: My Promise to Look for You
4 KARINA ANSOLABEHERE AND ALVARO MARTOS: Disappearances in Mexico: An Analysis based on the Northeast Region
5 SANDRA SERRANO AND VOLGA DE PINA RAVEST: The Legal Framework on Disappearances in Mexico: From Demands to the Law and Back to Demands
BRAZIL
6 DE?BORA MARIA DA SILVA WITH RAIANE PATRICIA SEVERINO ASSUMPCAO: Woman, Mother, Human Rights Defender
7 JAVIER AMADEO AND RAIANE PATRICIA SEVERINO ASSUMPCAO: State Violence in Brazil: Execution, Slaughter, and Disappearance in the Post-Authoritarian Era
8 MARLON ALBERTO WEICHERT: Systematic Recurrence of Murders and Disappearances in Democratic Brazil
ARGENTINA
9 SERGIO MALDONADO, GERMAN MALDONADO, STELLA PELOSO AND ENRIQUE MALDONADO: Letters for Santiago
10 NATALIA FEDERMAN, MARCELA PERELMAN, MICHELLE CANAS COMAS AND GASTON CHILLIER: Disappearances in Post Transitional Argentina: A Challenge For Human Rights Intervention
EL SALVADOR
11 'WILSON': Wilson's Testimony: Abuse of Authority
12 MARIA JOSE MENDEZ: New Generation of Disappearances: Gangs and the State in El Salvador
PART III. TOOLS FOR ADVOCACY AND MOBILIZATION
13 LEIGH A. PAYNE AND HUNTER JOHNSON: The Visual Image as a Tool of Power
14 BARBARA A. FREY: Using the Minnesota Protocol to Investigate in Disappearance Cases
15 RAINER HUHLE: 'Urgent Actions' for the Search of Disappeared Persons in the specialised Bodies of the United Nations
16 MICHAEL W. CHAMBERLIN: Using the International Criminal Court to Denounce Disappearances: Crimes against Humanity in Coahuila, Mexico
17 SANDRA SERRANO: Forced disappearances in the Inter-American Human Rights System
18 VOLGA DE PINA RAVEST: How to Create a Search Mechanism for Disappeared Persons: Lessons from Mexico
Conclusions
Index

About the author: 

Karina Ansolabehere is a Researcher at the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIJ-UNAM) and part time Research Professor at FLACSO-Mexico. She is the principal investigator of the Observatory of Disappearances and Impunity in Mexico.; Leigh Payne is professor of Sociology and Latin America at the University of Oxford, St Antony's College. ; Barbara Frey is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Global Studies and Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota.

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