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Remedies in International Human Rights Law$
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Dinah Shelton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207534.001.0001

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Gross and Systematic Violations

Gross and Systematic Violations

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(p.389) 13 Gross and Systematic Violations
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Remedies in International Human Rights Law
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DINAH SHELTON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207534.003.0014

Remedies for gross and systematic violations of human rights differ because of the quality and quantity of the violations. When there are thousands of victims needing justice, both the procedures and the substance inevitably alter. Administrative solutions like sampling or summary procedures can assist in affording swifter resolution of claims for compensation. In most instances of mass violations, however, compensation is not the primary emphasis. Society as a whole and all of the victims need to be fully informed of the truth so that those who suffered and society itself can be rehabilitated. Loss of reputation can be as costly to the individual in esteem and self-worth as any pecuniary loss. Symbolic reparations, through recognition by the government of the wrongs done, are an important element in restoring human rights and the rule of law.

Keywords:   remedies, human rights, human rights violations, gross and systemic violations, compensation, reputation, symbolic reparations

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