Source: (2010) In, Sharanjeet Parmar, et. al, eds., Children and transitional justice: Truth-telling, accountability and reconciliation. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. pp. 159-191.

Children’s involvement in truth commissions and in transitional justice mechanisms is recent, and the experience in Sierra Leone was foundational in that respect. The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was the first truth commission to involve children in statement-taking and in closed and thematic hearings, as well as in the preparation of a child-friendly version of the Commission report. The role of children in the Sierra Leone TRC was also groundbreaking in setting precedent and developing policies and procedures to protect the rights of children in truth commission processes. This has had a significant impact on the emerging understanding of children’s evolving capacities to contribute to the legal and social aspects of TRC activities. (excerpt)


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