Essays on justice and reconciliation by a number of authors grouped by country.
"Impunity -- the situation in which those accused of gross and systematic human rights violations or crimes against humanity are not charges, tried or punished, whether because of amnesty, pardon or deliberate inaction -- is a critical issue in international law today. It also raises profound moral and ethical issues. For the churches of the world the question is linked with theological convictions, pastoral concerns and often the experience of their own costly engagement in defense of human rights during periods of oppression and torture." -- back cover.
Contents divided into six main country sections: Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and El Salvador.
Contents: Foreword / Dwain C. Epps -- Introduction : From Impunity to Reconciliation / Charles Harper -- PERU : The Legalization of Impunity : An Obstacle to National Reconciliation / Jose Burneo -- Some Ethical and Pastoral Reflections : Towards a Citizens' Movement against Impunity / Rafael Goto Silva -- URUGUAY : The Consequences of Impunity for Uruguayan Society : A Biblical-Theological Approach -- The Covenant : Its Structure and Conditions / Guillermo Kerber -- Reconciliation, Justice and Forgiveness / Luis Perez Aguirre -- Under the Reign of Fear : Fear as an Instrument of Social Control / Araceli E. de Rocchietti -- Tolerance in a Process of Reconciliation / Carlos Delmonte -- Forgetting and Remembering / Ademar Olivera -- ARGENTINA : The Church : A Witness to the Truth on the Way to Freedom / Raul Soza -- CHILE : Breaking the Human Link : The Medico-Psychiatric View of Impunity / Paz Rojas Baeza -- A Christian Reflection : What We See, Think and Feel / Ecumenical Coordinating Assembly -- The Law and Biblical Prophecy / Dagoberto Ramirez F. -- The Absence of Justice / Hector Salazar Ardiles -- BOLIVIA : Historical and Ethical Thoughts about the Foundations of Human Rights / Permanent Assembly for Human Rights -- EL SALVADOR : Theological Reflections on the Report of the Truth Commission / Jon Sobrino -- Bibliography -- Contributors.
Originally published in German as: AIDS : Eine Krankheit verander die Welt : Daten, Fakten, Hintergrunde. Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2003.
Includes bibliography: p. 110-118.
This book "is an offering to churches and the world -- a significant and vital addition to the continuum of knowledge -- that will greatly assist churches to be effective and efficient in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS. It is a compilation of historical, scientific and statistical material aimed at providing churches and their partners with a better understanding of the dynamics of HIV/AIDS as well as current information to aid in collaborative efforts at answering the challenge of the disease. .... On a practical level this response is deliberately multi-faceted and interactive, encouraging churches and Christian service organizations to build and support coalitions dedicated to overcoming this epidemic". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches -- Introduction / Sonja Weinreich and Christoph Benn --.Natural history and HIV transmission -- Global, regional and country-specific spread of HIV/AIDS -- Vulnerable population groups -- Gender equity -- Children -- Young people -- Socio-economic context -- Stigma and discrimination --Human rights -- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) -- Prevention -- Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) -- Care -- Antiretroviral therapy -- HIV/AIDS on the international agenda -- Advocacy and lobbying -- Culture and tradition -- Churches, theology and HIV/AIDS -- Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS -- Literature.