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. 115-157.

These experiences and their consequences were not examined in detail by South Africa’s TRC,4 and it gave limited attention to the participation and protection of children in its processes. The Commission’s policy was not to take testimony from children under the age of eighteen, reflecting advice given by child specialists. However, the Commission did convene special hearings that publicly examined the experience of children and young people. Children did not testify at these hearings, but their involvement set new international precedents in efforts by truth commissions to address issues surrounding children. The research briefs developed for the hearings on human rights violations across the country include regular references to children, as does the TRC’s final report, which has a chapter on the special children’s hearings. The Commission also developed recommendations specific to children and their needs. (excerpt)


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