Books

Human Rights Center faculty and staff have written and edited books related to major research projects on peace, justice, and social reconstruction after armed conflict.

The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices
By Laurel E. Fletcher and Eric Stover
University of California Press, 2009
www.ucpress.edu

 

Guantanamo EffectThis book, based on a two-year study of former prisoners of the U.S. government's detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, reveals in graphic detail the cumulative effect of the Bush administration's "war on terror." Scrupulously researched and devoid of rhetoric, the book deepens the story of post-9/11 America and the nation's descent into the netherworld of prisoner abuse. Researchers interviewed more than sixty former Guantánamo detainees in nine countries, as well as key government officials, military experts, former guards, interrogators, lawyers for detainees, and other camp personnel. We hear directly from former detainees as they describe the events surrounding their capture, their years of incarceration, and the myriad difficulties preventing many from resuming a normal life upon returning home.

 

The Witnesses War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in The Hague
By Eric Stover
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005

 

The Witnesses presents findings from the first study of victim-witnesses who have testified before an international war crimes tribunal. Witnesses who have appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia describe their family tragedies, their moral duty to testify on behalf of the dead, their courtroom encounters with the accused, their aspirations for justice, and their disappointments.

 

My Neighbor, My Enemy Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity
Edited by Eric Stover and Harvey Weinstein
Forward by Ariel Dorfman
www.cambridge.org

 

 My Neighbor, My EnemyMy Neighbor, My Enemy tackles a crucial and highly topical issue - how do countries rebuild after ethnic cleansing and genocide? And what role do trials and tribunals play in social reconstruction and reconciliation? By talking with people in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and carrying out extensive surveys, the authors explore what people think about their past and the future. Their conclusions controversially suggest that international or local trials may have little relevance to reconciliation in post-war countries. Communities understand justice far more broadly than it is defined by the international community and the relationship of trauma to a desire for trials is not clear-cut. The authors offer an ecological model of social reconstruction and conclude that coordinated multi-systemic strategies must be implemented if social repair is to occur. Finally, the authors suggest that while trials are essential to combat impunity and punish the guilty, their strengths and limitations must be acknowledged.