oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Big Brother's shadow : history, justice, and the political imagination in post-1989 Poland

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Within the paradigm of "transitional justice", the problematic of justice in "post" societies is generally conceived of in terms of "how new democracies have attempted to strike a balance between redressing the abuses of the former government and integrating victims and perpetrators in a post conflict society". Transitional justice thus includes such measures as identifying, and perhaps prosecuting, perpetrators of crimes (lustration); restoring voice, as well as honour and dignity, to victims through public acknowledgement of past sufferings; reintegration of perpetrators into democratic society through public acknowledgement of the repression mechanisms of the old regime and their involvement in these mechanisms (truth telling); restitution of economic losses; and reform of state institutions. The measures have two major "normative aims: achieving justice for victims, and achieving a more just, democratic order".

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