Government Mass Killing and Post-Conflict Domestic Trials (2020.05)

  • 저자 : Nam Kyu Kim & Gary Uzonyi
  • 학술지명 : Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
  • 발행처 : Taylor & Francis
  • 권호 : 43(5)
  • 게재년월 : 2020년 5월
  • 초록 : Why do some countries implement trials to punish perpetrators of state-sponsored mass killing during civil war? A common explanation is that domestic and international demand for justice pressures the government to implement trials. However, this demand is unlikely to produce prosecutions because state-sponsored violence during fighting provides elites incentive to conceal information after war. The revelation of information concerning the government’s atrocities could result in renewed domestic instability or international sanction. Therefore, a government that has committed atrocities during the civil war, and emerges victorious from the conflict, should be unlikely to pursue trials in the aftermath of the war.