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A humanist defence and critique of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Jakopovich, Dan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2011) Peace Studies Journal. 4(1):51-65.

In this essay, I will assess the South African TRC from a radical humanist, peace-building perspective. Instead of the usual approach which judges the TRC according to its success or failure to achieve the objectives of ―retributive justice,‖ I will look at the TRC’s work from the perspective of humanistic ethics, of ―restorative‖—or, in fact, ―transformative justice‖—and its specific goals. In the course of this analysis, I will illustrate how relocating the ideological vantage point in this way leads to a creative new (and very marginalized) set of objectives and benchmarks. These are generally applicable not just to the work of the South African TRC, but to future truth and reconciliation initiatives as well.(Author’s abstract)


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