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Reckoning with the Communist Past in Romania: A Scorecard


  • Lavinia Stan


During the first two decades following the collapse of the communist regime, Romania has reckoned with the human rights infringements perpetrated from 1945 to 1989 with the help of a range of official and unofficial, judiciary and non-judiciary, backward- and forward-looking methods pursued by a variety of state and non-state actors. This article summarises the progress registered to date in court trials, lustration, access to secret files, property restitution, the truth commission, rehabilitation of former political prisoners, compensation to victims and their descendants, the opinion tribunal, forensic investigations, rewriting history books, unofficial truth projects and memorialisation.

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  • Lavinia Stan, 2013. "Reckoning with the Communist Past in Romania: A Scorecard," Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 65(1), pages 127-146.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ceasxx:v:65:y:2013:i:1:p:127-146
    DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2012.698052

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