The decline of authoritarianism in Latin America and Eastern Europe marked the end of a dark chapter in the history of these societies. In both regions, transition to democracy was accompanied by distinct efforts to come to terms with the traumatic experiences of the past and to demand accountability from the oppressors. The impact of these efforts rippled far beyond national boundaries, expanding the frontiers of international justice, and yielding indelible lessons and inspiration.
Vesselin Popovski is senior academic officer and head of section for peace and security studies in the Institute for Sustainability and Peace at the United Nations University, Tokyo. Monica Serrano is executive director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.