Dealing With the Past: Survivors Perspectives on Economic Reparations in Argentina

Sveaass et Sønneland

The experiences of persons affected by gross human rights violations during the dictatorship in Argentina, with regard to economic reparations for their suffering and losses, were explored. Thirty-seven participants were interviewed, 35 of whom were survivors and/or family members of persons seriously affected by the violence during the period from 1976 to 1983. Economic reparations form part of the Argentine states efforts to deal with the atrocities of the past, with such reparations constituting one of the transitional justice mechanisms implemented.

Key wordshuman rights / international law / mental health / organised violence / political prisoners / post-traumatic stress disorder / rehabilitation / repatriation / trauma