UPCOMING CONFERENCE | Truth, Trials, and Memory: An Accounting of Transitional Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala

Revisiting two ground-breaking cases as an occasion to consider the role of truth, memory, and justice in today's complex human rights terrain
September 14, 2017
Upon the 25th and 20th anniversaries of the truth commissions established in El Salvador and Guatemala, respectively, the University of Minnesota will convene a set of dialogues, presentations, and film screenings to explore domestic and international accountability processes. 

Joined by an array of central actors, including the truth commissioners, judges and prosecutors in charge of human rights trials, as well as family members, expert witnesses, government officials and human rights defenders, we will explore the lessons learned from the transitional justice processes that both countries have experienced. Themes include the:

  • history of the truth commissions
  • effects of amnesty laws and prosecutions
  • gender implications of the work of the commissions
  • contested truths and conflicting memories
The keynote and two-day conference is free and open to the public. 
 Note: Attendees of the Thursday evening film at St. Anthony Main Theatre will be asked to purchase a ticket for the screening
Hosted by the Human Rights Program in partnership with the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, the Human Rights Center, and the Departments of History, Political Science, and Spanish & Portuguese Studies.