Source: (2011) Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. 20: 143-184

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) have investigated human rights violations and abuses in a wide range of countries and communities over the last thirty-five years.'Created by people who believe finding truth through an examination of the past is necessary to build social and political trust,2 the goal of these processes has been to make findings and recommendations in order to strengthen or aid the transition to democracy, reduce conflict and create a basis for long term reconciliation, facilitate some form of transitional or restorative justice, and begin the process of change needed to avoid similar human rights violations in the future.3 (Excerpt)