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The Truth and Reconciliation Process: Restorative Justice

Tutu, Desmond
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) The Third Longford Lecture, at Church House Westminster. London, U.K. Organised by the Frank Longford Charitable Trust, in association with the Prison Reform Trust, and sponsored by The Independent. Downloaded 19 May 2004.

Presenting the Third Longford Lecture at Church House Westminster in 2004, Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflects on the truth and reconciliation process in South Africa as part of the transition from an apartheid to a post-apartheid society. He points out that negotiators of the peace that ended the conflict had to decide how to deal with the legacy of apartheid. They settled on what they considered a principled compromise – individual, not general, amnesty in exchange for the whole truth relation to the offense for which amnesty was being sought. In short, they opted for a process of “amnesty for truth.” With all of this in mind, and with a focus on South Africa, Archbishop Tutu considers issues of truth, justice, amnesty, restorative justice, and reconciliation in relation to crimes and injustices.


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