The Armenian Review recently announced the publication of a special issue about “The New Global Reparations Movement,” the growing movement to require reparations for cases of mass human rights violation.
Professor Henry Theriault of Worcester State University is the guest
editor of the special issue, and also contributes his analysis of the
moral imperative requiring reparations for the Armenian Genocide.
International law expert Dr. Alfred de Zayas argues the case that the UN
Genocide Convention is both applicable to the Armenian Genocide and
requires that reparations be made.
For many years, reparations had not been a central element in
political, legal, or ethical engagements with past group harms. Since
the 1988 decision by the United States to compensate Japanese-Americans
interned during World War II, however, reparations have been raised by
victim groups as a key requirement for justice and have become
intertwined with truth and reconciliation processes.
Thus the articles in the special issue present many of the other key
reparations movements. Jermaine McCalpin and M.P. Giyose discuss the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and connect it to
other cases: McCalpin to African-American and Native American
reparations, and Giyose to the legacy of former colonies burdened by the
huge state debts incurred by their former rulers. Patrick Sargent
analyzes South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Haiti as four cases of
such “odious debt.” Kibibi Tyehimba analyzes the need for reparations
for the historical legacy of sustained violence against
African-Americans, and Haruko Shibasaki presents the legal movement in
Japan for reparations for the “Comfort Women” who were forced into
sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II. A group of
authors present the issue of reparations for indigenous peoples who were
dispossessed by Argentina’s military during the country’s “Campaign to
the Desert” in the 19th century.
The special issue of the Armenian Review, volume 53, no. 1-4, may be
ordered by itself or as part of a subscription to the academic journal
from its website, www.armenianreview.org. All subscription, order, and
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