Source: (2003) Paper presented at the "Strengths and limitations of truth commissions: the cases of Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Guatemala Workshop". Centre for International Studies and CISA: Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, UK. Downloaded 20 october 2003.

The understanding of truth commissions—as one mechanism of transitional justice—has changed in the last few years.1 In the past, truth commissions were largely understood as investigative mechanisms with the primary aim of publishing an authoritative and factual report on human rights violations committed in a country. The societal impact of gathering information was given little attention. However, currently, “the possibility of holding public hearings, advancing societal and individual healing, and taking part in or promoting a process of reconciliation (however defined) has opened wide the question of means, independent of the final end reached�?. (excerpt)

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