Commissioning Truths: Essays on the 30th Anniversary of Nunca Más

Commissioning Truths Essays on the th Anniversary of Nunca M s This collection of essays by human rights scholars and activists examines the legacy of Argentina s Never Again Nunca M s commission the first impartial examination of atrocities committed against a

  • Title: Commissioning Truths: Essays on the 30th Anniversary of Nunca Más
  • Author: Robin Kirk
  • ISBN: 9781370770977
  • Page: 445
  • Format: ebook
  • This collection of essays by human rights scholars and activists examines the legacy of Argentina s Never Again Nunca M s commission, the first impartial examination of atrocities committed against a civilian population Released on September 20, 1984, Never Again documented abuses committed by the security forces during the military dictatorship of 1976 1983 ResearThis collection of essays by human rights scholars and activists examines the legacy of Argentina s Never Again Nunca M s commission, the first impartial examination of atrocities committed against a civilian population Released on September 20, 1984, Never Again documented abuses committed by the security forces during the military dictatorship of 1976 1983 Researched and written by the government sanctioned National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons Comisi n Nacional sobre la Desaparici n de Personas, CONADEP , the report drew on over 50,000 pages collected by researchers who traveled across Argentina and the world to interview survivors and collect evidence Researchers confirmed the forced disappearance of 8,961 persons from 1976 to 1983, estimating that the actual number could be much higher The report noted that death squads operating with government support executed almost 500 people During the dirty war, over 300 secret detention centers operated as torture and death centers The report dramatically reasserted the power of truth, in this case fact collection and eye witness testimonies of the killings and torture that largely took place in secret Prior to 1974, the only other influential example of accountability were the Allied trials of Nazi officials at Nuremberg, held by the victors Never Again was the first time a government authorized an independent entity to investigate its former and often current employees As political scientist Kathryn Sikkink has written, Never Again was an early part of what she calls a justice cascade and is a milestone for the modern human rights movement Argentine human rights activists were not just passive recipients of this justice cascade but instigators of multiple new human rights tactics and transitional justice mechanisms, including the trials of the juntas and the 1984 truth commission The emphasis in Never Again on fact collection, accountability and memory have inspired human rights interventions in places as different as South Africa, where the Truth and Reconciliation Commission helped ease a transfer to democracy from apartheid and Greensboro, North Carolina, site of the first US based commission Commissioning Truths 30 Years after Never Again was a yearlong critical examination of the history and practice of truth commissions pioneered by Never Again Hosted at Duke University by the Duke Human Rights Center the Franklin Humanities Institute and cosponsored by the Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Library, the series sought to recognize the importance of Never Again while at the same time examining the current and future of truth in a human rights context.

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    1. Kirk is the author of numerous books, including The Tiger King fiction , More Terrible Than Death Massacres, Drugs and America s War in Colombia PublicAffairs and The Monkey s Paw New Chronicles from Peru University of Massachusetts Press She coedits the The Peru Reader History, Culture, Politics Duke University and is an editor of Duke University Press s World Readers series.Her essay on Belfast is included in the Best American Travel Writing anthology of 2012 Mariner Books A short story, The Quiet Company, is included in Tomorrow, an anthology of speculative fiction from Kayelle Press and also appears in Beyond the Nightlight published by A Murder of Storytellers Another story, The Dark Army, appears in the November 2013 edition of The Moon Magazine Sugar Pop, about a teen working in a Chicago bakery, won an honorable mention in the Chicago Reader s 2014 Pure Fiction contest.Kirk is a Faculty Co Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region s past of slavery, segregation and continuing economic inequality An author and human rights advocate, Kirk is a lecturer in Duke s Department of Cultural Anthropology.An essayist and award winning poet, she has published widely on issues as diverse as the Andes, torture, the politics of memory, family life and pop culture An award winning poet, Kirk also won the 2005 Glamour magazine non fiction contest with her essay on the death penalty, available in the November 2005 issue Her essay, Best dog ever, is featured in the Oxford American s Best of the South issue published in May 2010 She has been widely published her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, the American Scholar and Sojourners, among other publications.Her poetry collection, Peculiar Motion, is available from Finishing Line Press Her poem Imperator Furiosa posts a status update, is available in Nasty Women Poets an unapologetic anthology of subversive verse.In 2005 2006, she was a consultant to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first ever truth commission within the United States Kirk authored, co authored and edited over twelve reports for Human Rights Watch, all available on line.In the 1980s, Kirk reported for U.S media from Peru, where she covered the war between the government and the Shining Path During that time, she also prepared reports for the U.S Committee on Refugees, including the first report ever on the plight of Peru s internally displaced people Kirk is a former Radcliffe Bunting Fellow and is a past winner of the Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award for Freelance Writing.She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Children s and Young Adult literature from Vermont College of Fine Arts.More of Kirk s work is available on her Scribd site Kirk can be reached at robinkirk13 gmail, through her Facebook Page or on Twitter at robinkirk.

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