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Introduction

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book has sought not only to provide an account of the Moroccan experience of transitional justice, but to problematize the whole idea of transitional justice and how it is often used rhetorically to provide a veneer of international legitimacy to otherwise autocratic regimes. Mechanisms of transitional justice have been traditionally associated with democratization processes so much so that they are sometimes used interchangeably, but there is no de facto link between them at all. It is a truism that authoritarian states are able to hold on to power for as long as they do primarily because of their use of violence against their own citizens and the paralyzing fear that such terror secures those who engage in it.