The Politics of Victimhood in Human Rights Violations: The Case of the Erased Residents of Slovenia

Nordicum-Mediterraneum. 2017;12(2):A2

 

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Journal Title: Nordicum-Mediterraneum

ISSN: 1670-6242 (Online)

Publisher: University of Akureyri

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Geography (General)

Country of publisher: Iceland

Language of fulltext: Italian, Icelandic, French, English

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AUTHORS

Barbara Gornik

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 24 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

During the process of gaining national independence the Slovenian government unlawfully erased 25,671 individuals, mainly citizens of other republics of the former Yugoslavia from the Slovenian Register of Permanent Residents. In 2012 the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Kurić and others vs. Republic of Slovenia held that there had been a violation of the 8th, 13th and 14th Articles of the European Convention on Human rights. Following this judgement the Slovenian government adopted a compensation scheme for the Erased introducing the criteria determining conditions for their redress. The article reflects on the political and legal construction of victimhood and reveals the notions of political loyalty, legal conformity and territorial attachment as one of the most decisive elements of victimhood. It shows that the subjectivity of victims in the case of the Erased is not defined within the human rights discourse but is grounded in nationalist terms.