Memory, historical responsibility, truth and justice: the Balkan wars

Oberschall, Anthony (2010) Memory, historical responsibility, truth and justice: the Balkan wars. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 1 (1). pp. 31-60.

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In 1998, during a fieldtrip in the former Yugoslavia, I interviewed members of associations of internally displaced persons (IDPs). They were petitioning the authorities to recover their homes and properties because they wanted to “go home”. They also wanted the truth told about their families, communities and the war. They presented me with photos of houses or farms, anonymous letters threatening them if they would not leave, photos of missing family members and legal papers. And they wanted justice. They wanted that those responsible for killing their kin and neighbors and driving them from their homes should be punished. Based on these and other experiences I investigate four institutions designed to learn the truth about contested historical events and their interpretation: the international criminal tribunal, the truth and reconciliation commission, the outsider commission, and political agreement between adversaries.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ethnic conflict, justice, collective memory, truth commission
ID Code:3160
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:15 Nov 2017 16:08
Last Modified:08 Nov 2021 09:10

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