Truth Telling and Justice

karin lofthus carrington and susan griffin

in Transforming Terror

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251021
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949454 | DOI:
Truth Telling and Justice

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Justice is often confused with revenge. But if these are linked, as when, for instance, the desire for revenge is satisfied by justice, there are also distinct differences between them, significant to the healing of both victims and society as a whole. If the desire for revenge is an understandable response to abuse, revenge by itself cannot liberate consciousness from the weight of trauma. In attempting to render a just verdict, any judicial body must hear and weigh evidence, mitigating the possibility of injustice. Truth telling is also important in itself. To reveal the truth is the passionate desire of those who have been victimized and it is critical to the process of healing. Moreover, the rendering of justice preserves collective memory. This chapter includes essays on justice and truth telling, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed on December 10, 1948, by the General Assembly of the United Nations; a poem by Taha Muhammad Ali; transforming terror into tenderness; and rape as a war crime.

Keywords: Human Rights; truth telling; justice; truth; memory; injustice; Taha Muhammad Ali; terror; rape; war crime

Chapter.  14515 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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