Game without end: state terror and the politics of justice by Jaime Malamud-Goti

By Jaime Malamud-Goti

An insider’s sincere evaluation of Argentina’s human rights trialsDuring the “dirty conflict” of the Nineteen Seventies, the army junta that managed Argentina used to be answerable for the abduction, torturing, and killing of hundreds of thousands. In 1985, democratically elected president Raul Alf?ns?n decreed that former commanders of the dictatorship be attempted for human rights abuses. In video game ceaselessly, Jaime Malamud-Goti argues that, by means of scapegoating a number of former leaders and prosecuting purely yes violations, the rigors helped politicize the nationwide judiciary, whose accountability it was once to enforce democratic principles.As senior adviser to President Alf?ns?n and as solicitor of the ultimate courtroom, Malamud-Goti used to be certainly one of architects of the 1984 trials of the Argentine generals. during this infrequent insider’s account of a pivotal second in Argentinian background, he demonstrates that the pains didn't deal with all electorate as equivalent prior to the legislation and hence perpetuated the us-versus-them mentality that enabled the junta to set up authoritarian rule within the first position.

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By pinning the blame on a limited sector of society, human rights trials reinvent history. The meaning of the resulting "truth" inevitably becomes controversial, if not plainly factious. Dissatisfaction with the 1985 Argentine trials was conveyed not only by those who vindicated the convicted officers, but also by frontline human rights activists such as the Madres de Plaza de Mayo and several Page 19 international organizations. 41 While the former claimed the culprits were scapegoats, the latter protested that too few were actually convicted and that their sentences were too light.

By giving key significance to the dissuading of potential offenders, utilitarians have no qualms about overlooking the plight of those who have suffered degradation as a consequence of having their basic rights infringed or threatened. 35 Full-blooded retributivists invite a similar criticism. By disregarding all consequences of punishment, proponents of this version of retributivism focus only on the wrongdoer's facing the consequence of his deeds. But there is another, less popular variant of retributivisma goal-oriented variant.

Para Juancho, por tantos años juntos de hacernos y de rehacernos. Y, por supuesto, para Hugo y Soledad. Page vii Contents Foreword by Libbet Crandon-Malamud page xi Preface xv Introduction: Why I Became Involved in the Human Rights Trials 3 How the Trials May Have Eroded Democratic Authority 4 Why Try State Criminals? 8 Political Contingencies vs. Structural Constraints 20 Misconceptions about When the Violence Began 22 The Role of Blame in Rewriting History 24 Page viii Rewriting History and the Perpetuation of Terror 26 Chapter 1.

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