Source: (2002) OJPCR: The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution. 4(2): 37-76.

Since the early 1970s, more than 20 “truth commissionsâ€? have been established around the world. Some were created by international organizations such as the United Nations; a few were created by nongovernmental organizations; and the majority were established by the national governments of the countries in which they operated. While truth commissions and the like have much in common, they also exhibit a considerable diversity. Additionally, the work of such commissions has generated a vast literature on them. In this paper Avruch and Verajano provide both a review essay and an annotated bibliography of literature on truth commissions. In their review essay they cover key issues faced by commissions: justice; truth; reconciliation; democratization; and culture. They organize the bibliography not by regions or by main themes or issues, but by categories of writings in books and chapters in books, in scholarly and specialized journals, and in non-specialized or general interest periodicals.

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