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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a model of restorative justice.

Maepa, Traggy
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) In Traggy Maepa, ed., Beyond Retribution: Prospects for Restorative Justice in South Africa. Monograph no. 111, February. Pretoria, South Africa: Institute for Security Studies, with the Restorative Justice Centre. Downloaded 9 August 2005.

This article examines the effectiveness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission since its inception in 1995 in light of its goals: to identify and counsel victims of human rights violations and to grant amnesty to certain offenders who made full disclosures. This article outlines the challenge to the effectiveness of the TRC, mainly establishing a harmony between granting amnesty to offenders and making reparation to victims. The other prevalent issue facing the TRC was identifying and getting reparation to the victims. Maepa ends his article with an insightful list of positive and negative lessons to be learned from the TRC process. Abstract courtesy of the Marquette University Law School-Restorative Justice Initiative


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