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Through the Window of Opportunity: The Transitional Justice Network in Peru

From: Human Rights Quarterly
Volume 31, Number 2, May 2009
pp. 452-473 | 10.1353/hrq.0.0073



While scholars have focused on the rise of political “outsiders” to the presidency, human rights actors can also take advantage of the window of opportunity produced by regime change as a means of inserting themselves into the state in order to achieve crucial elements of their agenda. The Peruvian case indicates how a human rights network did so from 2000 to 2001, quickly implementing such aspects of their agenda as overturning amnesty laws, holding a truth commission, and initiating prosecutions for members of the armed forces implicated in human rights violations. It also demonstrates some of the long-term obstacles to maintaining the momentum for reform.