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Negotiating Truth and Justice in the Transition to Democracy in Uruguay, 1980–1985

Alexandra Barahona de Brito

in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198280385
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598852 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280386.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Negotiating Truth and Justice in the Transition to Democracy in Uruguay, 1980–1985

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In this first chapter of Part II of the book (Truth and Justice in Transition), an examination is made of how the issues of truth and justice evolved in the transitional period (1980–85) in Uruguay. The aim of this chapter (and the following one which examines the same issues in Chile) is to show how the political nature and dynamics of the transition and negotiations shaped the ability of the political elite to pursue truth and justice in the democratic period, since the transitional period is seen to represent a critical juncture during which the stage is often set for what comes in the democratic period. The different sections of the chapter are: Human Rights in the Transition Process: ‘Una Salida Mentirosa’; Accounting for the Problems with Truth and Justice; and Setting the Stage for Conflict: Infortunios de la Excesiva Sensatez – in the post-transition democratic period.

Keywords: conflict; democratization; human rights; justice; transition to democracy; truth and justice; Uruguay

Chapter.  12163 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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