One of the most difficult dilemmas that post-authoritarian societies face in the early years of democracy involves the treatment of those authoritarian officials who are guilty of gross violations of human rights. Should a new democracy prosecute and punish or should it forgive and forget its former “torturers”? The process leading to a resolution of this “torturer problem” is complex and often misunderstood. This paper argues that the correlation between the “democratization process” and the outcome of the “torturer problem” is a specious one in the East European context. The unfolding of events in the last several years has demonstrated that a much stronger correlation exists between the variables of “exit” and/or “voice” under communism and the outcome of the “torturer problem.”
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Research Article| March 01 1994
The Communist Torturers of Eastern Europe: Prosecute and Punish or Forgive and Forget?
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (1994) 27 (1): 95–109.
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John P Moran; The Communist Torturers of Eastern Europe: Prosecute and Punish or Forgive and Forget?. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 1994; 27 (1): 95–109. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/0967-067X/94/01/0095-15
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