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Unspeakable Truths: Facing the Challenge of Truth Commissions / Edition 1
     

Unspeakable Truths: Facing the Challenge of Truth Commissions / Edition 1

by Priscilla B. Hayner, Timothy Garton Ash
 

ISBN-10: 0415924782

ISBN-13: 9780415924788

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book is a profound exploration of truth commissions around the world, and the anguish, injustice, and the legacy of hate they are meant to absolve. Hayner examines twenty major truth commissions established around the world paying special attention to South Africa, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala.

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This book is a profound exploration of truth commissions around the world, and the anguish, injustice, and the legacy of hate they are meant to absolve. Hayner examines twenty major truth commissions established around the world paying special attention to South Africa, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415924788
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
New Political Science Reader Series
Edition description:
2002 Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Prefacexi
1Introduction1
2Confronting Past Crimes10
3Why a Truth Commission?24
4Five Illustrative Truth Commissions32
5Sixteen Less-Prominent Commissions50
6What is the Truth?72
7Truth Versus Justice: Is it a Trade-Off?86
8Naming the Guilty107
9Healing from the Past133
10An Eye to the Future: Reconciliation and Reforms154
11Reparations for State Crimes170
12Leaving the Past Alone183
13Truth Commissions and the International Criminal Court: Conflict or Complement?206
14Inside the Commission: Problems and Practicalities213
15Challenges and Assistance from the Outside234
Epilogue: Looking Forward249
Afterword: An Expanding Universe of Official Truth-Seeking255
Notes269
Frequently Cited Sources303
Appendix 1305
Chart 1Twenty-one Truth Commisions
Chart 2"Historical" Truth Commissions
Chart 3Alternative Forms of Official or Semi-Official Inquiry into the Past
Chart 4What Rights Violations do Truth Commissions Cover?
Chart 5Past Truth Commission Recommendations
Chart 6Reparations from Truth Commissions: A Comparision of Chilean and Argentine Benefits for Victims
Chart 7A Comparision of Resources and Responsibilities
Chart 8What Works Best?
Appendix 2Interviews by the Author337
Index345

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