Source: (2004) Harvard Human Rights Journal. 17: 321-323. Downloaded 12 November 2004.The 1990s brought in a wave of new democracies in the world, producing a host of countries that are now entering into a phase of âtransitional justice,â? where they must come to terms with past atrocities from governmental repression and civil conflict. Burying the Past explores the tensions inherent in facing the past through a collection of essays written by scholars, theologians, and practitioners. As the title suggests, the central theme presented in the book is the tension between seeking justice for past wrongs and seeking peace for future stability. Through the thirteen contributing authors, the book explores the possibility (and arguably the necessity) of establishing peace through seeking restorative justice. (excerpt).