Transitional Justice and Human Rights in Morocco
Negotiating the Years of Lead
Routledge – 2014 – 160 pages
This book examines the Moroccan experience of transitional justice, more specifically the negotiation of the legacy of the period commonly referred to as the Years of Lead. This period of Moroccan history roughly spans from the early 1960s to 1999 during which thousands of citizens were arbitrarily detained, tortured and killed because of their political opinions.
Through an analysis of testimonies, public documents and personal interviews, Transitional Justice and Human Rights in Morocco seeks to shed light on Moroccan citizens’ struggle for recognition and reparation in the aftermath of a long history of grave human rights violations, ranging from arbitrary arrest and torture to state sponsored disappearances and murders. While Morocco’s experience is often presented within a historical global context, this book offers a comparative analysis, discussing other national examples to situate the Moroccan experience within the relatively recent history of political transitions.
Seeking to advance a rhetoric of symbolic justice that privileges the voice of the victims and offers hope for the renewal of a community’s ethos through public discourse and ethico-political practices, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars with an interest in Human Rights and Middle East Politics.
1 Public Memory: A Forensic Genre 2 Transitional Justice: A Panacea for Bloody Pasts 3 The Years of Lead: A Rhetorical Account 4 Symbolic Justice: Beyond the Good and the Legal 5 Conclusion
Fadoua Loudiy is an Instructor in the Department of Communication, Slippery Rock University.