The Witness Experience: Testimony at the ICTY and Its Impact by Kimi Lynn King Details
This book presents the most comprehensive and scientific assessment so far of what it means to appear before war crimes tribunals. This pioneering analysis, conducted in cooperation with the Victims…
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This book presents the most comprehensive and scientific assessment so far of what it means to appear before war crimes tribunals. This pioneering analysis, conducted in cooperation with the Victims and Witnesses Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), examines the positive and negative impact of testimony on those who witness the horrors of war by shedding new light on the process.
Although most witnesses have positive feelings and believe they have contributed to international justice, there is a small but critical segment of witnesses whose security, health and well-being are adversely affected by the testimony.The witness experience is thoroughly examined, including witness perceptions of their physical and psychological integrity. Given that identity (sex and race) and the trauma of war were fundamental to the ICTY mandate and the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, the research examines in depth how it affects the most important stakeholders in any transitional justice mechanism: witnesses..
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