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The missing and transitional justice: the right to know and the fight against impunity

30-06-2006 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 862, by Monique Crettol, Anne-Marie La Rosa

The authors look at the ways in which transitional justice mechanisms may support the right of families to know the fate of their relatives, and how work to resolve the missing persons issue can be reconciled with an effective fight against impunity.

   

Monique Crettol and Anne-Marie La Rosa
Monique Crettol is adviser with the Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division of the ICRC.
Anne-Marie La Rosa is Legal Adviser with the Advisory Service of the ICRC Legal Division, and she teaches international criminal law at the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law (UCIHL) in Geneva 

 
Abstract 
Any body or institution dealing with the missing persons issue will interact in one way or another with transitional justice proceedings, if only to examine the possibility of sharing relevant information gathered. The question becomes even more acute when international tribunals intervene in the national context where transitional justice mechanisms are operating. The authors look at the ways in which transitional justice mechanisms may support the right of families to know the fate of their relatives, and how work to resolve the missing persons issue can be reconciled with an effective fight against impunity.  

   
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