Selling Justice Short: Why Accountability Matters for Peace

A Human Rights Watch report

Using case studies like Pinochet in Chile and Milosevic in Serbia, this report documents how ignoring atrocities reinforces a culture of impunity that encourages future abuses. It also examines long-term benefits of enforcing justice, including promoting prosecutions in national courts, contributing to a record of the crimes, and providing some short-term deterrent effects.