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29 Hum. Rts. Q. 228 (2007)
Truth with Consequences: Justice and Reparations in Post-Truth Commission Peru

handle is hein.journals/hurq29 and id is 230 raw text is: HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY
Truth with Consequences:
Justice and Reparations in Post-Truth
Commission Peru
Lisa J. Laplante* & Kimberly Theidon**
Truth commissions have become key mechanisms in transitional justice
schemes in post conflict societies in order to assure transitions to peace,
the rule of law, and respect for human rights. However, few studies exam-
ine what must happen to ensure that the transition process initiated by a
truth commission successfully continues after the commission concludes
its truth-gathering work and submits its final report. This article argues that
* LisaJ. Laplante is Deputy Director of Programs and Research, Praxis Institute for Social Justice.
She worked with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a University of Notre
Dame Transitional Justice Program grantee. In her capacity as a human rights lawyer and
community educator, she has since accompanied victims-survivor groups in their struggle
for justice and reparations. She has published on transitional justice themes in international
human rights journals and is currently directing the on-site study After the Truth: The Politics
of Reparations in Post Truth Commission out of which some of the observations shared in
this article came, and which will result in a book.
** Kimberly Theidon is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and is
Executive Director, Praxis Institute for Social Justice. She is a medical anthropologist focus-
ing on Latin America. Her research interests include political violence, forms and theories
of subjectivity, transitional justice, and the politics of reconciliation. From 2001-2003 she
directed a research project on community mental health, reparations and the micropolitics
of reconciliation with the Ayacuchan office of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Com-
mission. A book based upon this research, Entre Pr6jimos: el conflicto armado interno y la
polftica de la reconciliaci6n en el Perd, was published in 2004 by the Instituto de Estudios
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the United States Institute for Peace
and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University for the support
that made this research possible. Author Laplante thanks the Transitional Justice Program of
the University of Notre Dame for the funding that supported her work with the Peruvian truth
commission, the results of which are shared in this article. For their excellent assistance in
carrying out this research, we thank Edith Del Pino and Leonor Rivera Sullca. Finally, we
thank the many Peruvians who generously gave us their time and shared their experiences
with us.
Human Rights Quarterly 29 (2007) 228-250 © 2007 by The Johns Hopkins University Press

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