Dear user, a new article has been published in our open access journal Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society.
Figures and responsibilities in contexts of mass violence: limits and risks of quantification in transitional justice in Colombia
By Andrés Fernando Suarez
“Quantification has expanded in the human rights field challenging the paradigm of the individual or representative case, that has been the cornerstone of human rights research, as it is seen as limited for failing to establish systematic patterns of human rights violations and for not providing solid evidence to generalize particular findings. Courts, media, and bureaucracies increasingly demand quantitative evidence (Langford and Fukuda-Parr 2012, 222).
Transitional justice has not escaped this social and political demand, given that its promise is to ensure that there will be no impunity for massive and systematic crimes perpetrated in the past. Thus, quantification is used to determine the massiveness of the crimes, to identify patterns of macrocriminality and prove the existence of a criminal policy, which makes it possible to charge those most responsible for the organizations that perpetrated or allowed the violence”
You can also read or listen to the full article here: https://www.tandfonline.com/…/10…/25729861.2022.2085648