Source: (2010) Florence, Italy: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

Truth commissions are temporary, non-judicial and non-punitive bodies mandated to investigate, document and report on human rights abuses. By generating public discussion on accountability and social reform, truth commissions can build a society’s capacity for active citizenship and democratic process. Children have a right to express their views and to be considered in such processes,2 and, as the findings from this study show, their perspectives and experiences are a valuable resource for documenting the past and informing the way forward.

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