The Category of Victim “From Below” : the Case of the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) in Colombia

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Tapia Navarro , N 2019 , ' The Category of Victim “From Below” : the Case of the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) in Colombia ' , Human rights review , vol. 20 , no. 3 , pp. 289-312 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s12142-019-00558-w

Title: The Category of Victim “From Below” : the Case of the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) in Colombia
Author: Tapia Navarro, Nadia
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law

Date: 2019-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Human rights review
ISSN: 1524-8879
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12142-019-00558-w
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304831
Abstract: In this article, I focus on the work of the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (Movice) in Colombia. The work of Movice, I suggest, is an example of how the category of “victim” from international law discourse is adopted and used from below by victims of mass atrocities. I show that, through this category, Movice attempts to introduce an alternative narrative of the internal armed conflict in which the state is a perpetrator of violence against civilian population as part of a practice of elimination of political opposition through violent means. To do this, I focus on three political opportunities in which Movice deployed the category of victim between 2005 and 2016. I suggest that Movice is an example of how a movement of victims can adopt categories of international law to frame their struggles and, in doing so, infuse them with new contents.
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