UN Spec Rapporteur Greiff speaking at Nov 1-3 event on Transitional Justice in El Salvador & Guatemala

Truth, Trials, and Memory: An Accounting of Transitional Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala

Revisiting two ground-breaking cases as an occasion to consider the role of truth, memory, and justice in today's complex human rights terrain

November 1 - 3, 2017
University of Minnesota
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

November 1 - Evening Reception and Keynote featuring
Pablo de Greiff, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
November 2 - 3 - Two full days of panelists and presentations from many key actors including Commissioners Belisario Betancur (*invited), Thomas Buergenthal, and Reinaldo Figueredo (El Salvador) and Commissioners Christian Tomuschat and Otilia Lux de Coti (Guatemala)
November 2 (evening) - Screening of 500 Years, the sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population (at St. Anthony Main Theatre)

Upon the 25th and 20th anniversaries of the truth commissions established in El Salvador and Guatemala, respectively, the University of Minnesota will convene a set of dialogues, presentations, and film screenings to explore domestic and international accountability processes.

Joined by an array of central actors, including the truth commissioners, judges and prosecutors in charge of human rights trials, as well as family members, expert witnesses, government officials and human rights defenders, we will explore the lessons learned from the transitional justice processes that both countries have experienced. Themes include the:
history of the truth commissions
effects of amnesty laws and prosecutions
gender implications of the work of the commissions
contested truths and conflicting memories

The keynote and two-day conference is free and open to the public.
Note: Attendees of the Thursday evening film at St. Anthony Main Theatre will be asked to purchase a ticket for the screening

Link to conference schedule

Hosted by the Human Rights Program in partnership with the
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, the Human Rights Center, and the Departments of History, Political Science, and Spanish & Portuguese Studies.
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