International Criminal Justice Series

Prosecution of Politicide in Ethiopia

The Red Terror Trials

Authors: Tessema, Marshet Tadesse

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  • The book contributes to the field of knowledge in the international criminal law arena by assessing and evaluating the retributive justice approach chosen by the Ethiopian government to deal with the crimes of the Mengistu regime
  • The book  is pivotal in identifying the legal basis and framework for the prosecution of core crimes in general, and politicide in particular
  • By examining one of the lesser-known and under-researched examples of the national prosecution of genocide it is of great relevance to the scholars and practitioners of genocide studies and international criminal law
  • This book should benefit English-speaking scholars in genocide studies and international criminal law, as it makes extensive use of judgments and documents held in the court archives, which relate to the Red Terror trials written in both the working language and other languages of Ethiopia
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This book investigates the road map or the transitional justice mechanisms that theEthiopian government chose to confront the gross human rights violations perpetratedunder the 17 years’ rule of the Derg, the dictatorial regime that controlled state powerfrom 1974 to 1991. Furthermore, the author extensively examines the prosecution ofpoliticide or genocide against political groups in Ethiopia.
Dealing with the violent conflict, massacres, repressions and other mass atrocities ofthe past is necessary, not for its own sake, but to clear the way for a new beginning.In other words, ignoring gross human rights violations and attempting to close thechapter on an oppressive dictatorial past by choosing to let bygones be bygones, is nolonger a viable option when starting on the road to a democratic future. For unaddressedatrocities and a sense of injustice would not only continue to haunt a nation butcould also ignite similar conflicts in the future.
So the question is what choices are available to the newly installed government whenconfronting the evils of the past. There are a wide array of transitional mechanismsto choose from, but there is no “one size fits all” mechanism. Of all the transitionaljustice mechanisms, namely truth commissions, lustration, amnesty, prosecution,and reparation, the Ethiopian government chose prosecution as the main means fordealing with the horrendous crimes committed by the Derg regime.
One of the formidable challenges for transitioning states in dealing with the crimes offormer regimes is an inadequate legal framework by which to criminalize and punishegregious human rights violations. With the aim of examining whether or not Ethiopiahas confronted this challenge, the book assesses Ethiopia’s legal framework regardingboth crimes under international law and individual criminal responsibility.
This book will be of great relevance to academics and practitioners in the areas ofgenocide studies, international criminal law and transitional justice. Students in thefields of international criminal law, transitional justice and human rights will alsofind relevant information on the national prosecution of politicide in particular andthe question of confronting the past in general.
Marshet Tadesse Tessema is Assistant Professor of the Law School, College of Law andGovernance at Jimma University in Ethiopia, and Postdoctoral Fellow of the SouthAfrican-German Centre, University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 101,14 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prosecution of Politicide in Ethiopia
Book Subtitle
The Red Terror Trials
Authors
Series Title
International Criminal Justice Series
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2018
Publisher
T.M.C. Asser Press
Copyright Holder
T.M.C. Asser Press and the author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-6265-255-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6265-255-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-6265-254-5
Series ISSN
2352-6718
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 303
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