Series 1, Number 8 (Spring 1997): Transitional Justice in East Asia and its Impact on Human Rights

The focus of this volume is on how transitional societies—those experiencing a transition from a repressive regime to a more democratic society governed by the rule of law—in North and Southeast Asia have responded to, or might respond to, allegations of gross human rights violations by the preceding or extant regimes. Authors from Korea, Cambodia, and the Philippines comment on their country's experience of transitional justice, while others from Indonesia, Burma, and China shed light on the prospects for transitional justice should reform or a regime change occur in the country. A final piece on Japan's struggle to acknowledge and compensate World War II "comfort women"offers a perspective on accountability and moral responsibility for past abuses that transcend a single country.