This chapter traces 30 years of transitional justice development following civil-military rule (1973–85) in Uruguay. The 1985 amnesty law helped end state-sponsored violence, but it precluded prosecution of human rights violations committed during the dictatorship. The reversal of the amnesty law and the implementation of truth commissions, criminal prosecutions, and reparations have strengthened the rule of law and judicial independence in human rights cases. Yet there have been legal and political setbacks in dealing with past human rights violations in recent years, and some violations continue, showing that Uruguay has yet to fully achieve positive peace.

Elin Skaar

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Rights and Legal Institutions

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After Violence: Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy
Skaar, Elin, Camila Gianella, and Trine Eide

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