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Paul Seils
Paul Seils is Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Entries by Paul Seils

Devil Is in the Detail of Colombian Justice Deal

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 9:54 AM

There has been much understandable excitement generated by the outline agreement presented by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader "Timochenko." The deal sketches out how the parties will address justice for crimes committed during the conflict. There are a number of unexpected elements, not the least...

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Truth and Dignity for All, Even Our Enemies

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:26 PM

In 1986 I saw Oliver Stone's Salvador movie. I was 20 years old. The film told the story of, among other things, the government death squad assassination of the Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero. He was shot in March 1980 while giving communion at a...

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Political Pardons Would Damage the Legacy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 2:52 PM

President Jacob Zuma risks irreparably damaging the credibility of core elements of South Africa's deal with the victims of apartheid with his current plan to pardon 149 serious offenders and to potentially consider another 926 applications which are before him. Such a move would mark a profound breach...

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Those Hiding Truth About Disappeared Are Enemies of Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:49 AM

The practice of enforced disappearance ranks as one of the most heinous forms of conduct imaginable, even in the context of truly deep evil. Wherever it has occurred -- regardless of whether 20 people or 20,000 people have been disappeared -- the level of pre-meditation and planning involved is significant...

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Making Justice a Reality Where It Counts

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Some years ago I sat in a courtroom in the central highlands of Guatemala, a member of a legal team representing victims of a massacre committed by the Guatemalan Army and paramilitaries in March 1982. Over 170 women and children were killed in the attack. Very few men perished because...

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Guatemala Genocide Ruling a Triumph for Survivors

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 11:02 AM

On Thursday a Guatemalan court ruled the country's former president, General Efraín Ríos Montt, will stand trial for genocide and crimes against humanity committed thirty years ago. After decades spent hiding behind parliamentary immunity he will finally be held accountable for ordering massacres, disappearances, and the systematic destruction...

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