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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

Abstract

Abstract:

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.