Critique Of The South African Truth And Reconciliation Commission By Academia

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Critique of the Analysis of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Academia

Context of project
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a body which the Government of National Unity established to assist the South African nation grapple with the gross human rights violations that occurred during apartheid. It is based on the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act 34 of 1995. Investigations of reconciliation in South Africa justly consider the work of the TRC despite the fact that it finished its operation more than a decade ago. The TRC has evolved into a global fundamental reference point to new commissions because of its scale, reputation and a prevalent conviction that it helped South Africans acknowledge the amnesty agreement that prompted a peaceful transmission of power. Moreover, the TRC 's input to the developing culture of human rights far exceeds those of other assigned commissions, particularly the Human Rights Commission, the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights, and the Gender Commission. The TRC incorporated three committees and two units for research and investigation. The Human Rights Violation Committee led hearings and collected around 21,300 statements regarding 38,000 gross human rights violations that occurred from 1960 to 1994. The Amnesty Committee received over 7,100 applications and granted amnesty to those it deemed deserving. The Reparation and Rehabilitation Committee worked alongside the other two…

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