Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru: Decolonizing Transitional Justice

Authored by: Pascha Bueno-Hansen

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Country: Peru
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Year: 2015
Citation: Bueno-Hansen, Pascha. Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru: Decolonizing Transitional Justice. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

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Executive Summary

In 2001, following a generation of armed conflict and authoritarian rule, the Peruvian state created a Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). Pascha Bueno-Hansen places the TRC, feminist and human rights movements, and related non-governmental organizations within an international and historical context to expose the difficulties in addressing gender-based violence. Her innovative theoretical and methodological framework based on decolonial feminism and a critical engagement with intersectionality facilitates an in-depth examination of the Peruvian transitional justice process based on field studies and archival research. Bueno-Hansen uncovers the colonial mappings and linear temporality underlying transitional justice efforts and illustrates why transitional justice mechanisms must reckon with the societal roots of atrocities, if they are to result in true and lasting social transformation. Original and bold, Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru elucidates the tension between the promise of transitional justice and persistent inequality and impunity.