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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Richard Goldstone
...offers essential insight into how truth commissions might serve human rights and justice.
Washington Times
...provides a wealth of information and insights on truth commissions, much of it previously inaccessible except to specialists...
Timothy Garton Ash
This is a scrupulous, important and necessary book. It should be widely read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415924788
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: New Political Science Reader Series
  • Edition description: 2002 Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Priscilla B. Hayner co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice and served as program director and director of its Geneva office. She has advised truth commissions in well over a dozen countries, working with the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and others, and has been featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Le Temps. She is currently writing on the subject of justice in peace negotiations.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface xi
1 Introduction 1
2 Confronting Past Crimes 10
3 Why a Truth Commission? 24
4 Five Illustrative Truth Commissions 32
5 Sixteen Less-Prominent Commissions 50
6 What is the Truth? 72
7 Truth Versus Justice: Is it a Trade-Off? 86
8 Naming the Guilty 107
9 Healing from the Past 133
10 An Eye to the Future: Reconciliation and Reforms 154
11 Reparations for State Crimes 170
12 Leaving the Past Alone 183
13 Truth Commissions and the International Criminal Court: Conflict or Complement? 206
14 Inside the Commission: Problems and Practicalities 213
15 Challenges and Assistance from the Outside 234
Epilogue: Looking Forward 249
Afterword: An Expanding Universe of Official Truth-Seeking 255
Notes 269
Frequently Cited Sources 303
Appendix 1 305
Chart 1 Twenty-one Truth Commisions
Chart 2 "Historical" Truth Commissions
Chart 3 Alternative Forms of Official or Semi-Official Inquiry into the Past
Chart 4 What Rights Violations do Truth Commissions Cover?
Chart 5 Past Truth Commission Recommendations
Chart 6 Reparations from Truth Commissions: A Comparision of Chilean and Argentine Benefits for Victims
Chart 7 A Comparision of Resources and Responsibilities
Chart 8 What Works Best?
Appendix 2 Interviews by the Author 337
Index 345
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