truth commission

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10 March 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is scheduled to close at the end of February 2014 and its president, Patrick Robinson, is starting to lay the foundations for the tribunal’s legacy. Judge Robinson spoke to the IJT about what he is doing to preserve the legacy of the court.

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26 September 2011 by Mariângela Guimarães

When I first watched ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian black comedy, at the cinema in Brazil, years after it was originally released, I was still a teenager. I remember finding it funny that black dots popped up on the screen to cover up sexual acts and parts of the body that we weren’t supposed to see. This was at the end of the 1970s and Brazil was under a military dictatorship that did things much worse than censoring film scenes. Every time I mention something from those years, like that experience at the movies, I notice that many people, and even younger Brazilians, seem to forget that the country was once ruled by a repressive regime.

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29 June 2011 by Ed Jeremy

The arrest of Ratko Mladic on 26 May signified a key victory for both the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, and the Republic of Serbia’s President, Boris Tadić. However, perhaps inevitably, after 16 years at-large, the timing of Mladic’s arrest was questioned, coming as it did on the day that the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, was visiting Serbia, and shortly before the ICTY President Judge Patrick Robinson and Prosecutor Serge Brammertz were due to update the Security Council on the ICTY’s recent work.

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30 March 2011 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic

“Finally, the goal is to establish a register of victims killed from the war in Slovenia in 1991, to the war in Kosovo in 1999”, explains Natasa Kandic, a prominent human rights activist in Serbia and a founder of the Initiative for a Regional Truth Commission (RECOM).

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10 October 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

The dual mechanism to establish crimes and responsibilities in Burundi will take longer to put into place than first announced. IJT has learnt that on 30 September, Kofi Annan will not be submitting his report to the UN Security Council on the creation of the special chamber to try those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and in parallel, a truth commission. [see IJT-23]. It is now widely accepted that more time is needed to consult the nation and its leadership in the light of the recent political upheavals in Burundi.

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Sihem Bensedrine, president of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission (Flickr/Deutsche Welle/K. Danetzki)
28 January 2015 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Since opening its doors last month, the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) has received scores of people every day. Ready to file complaints, they come from all over the country, passing through the headquarters’ entrance, flanked by “Be welcome!” flags in the Montplaisir business district of Tunis. 

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30 April 2014 by Dewan Rai, Kathmandu (Nepal)

Nepal’s parliament finally passed a bill on Friday, 25 April, seven years after it was due, that sets in motion the formation of two separate commissions – on Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) and on Investigation of Missing Persons. At the signing of the peace agreement that had ended, in 2006, a decade-long armed Maoist insurgency in the country that claimed nearly 16,000 lives and 1,300 missing persons, a TRC was envisaged within six months.

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11 June 2014 by IJT

Ahead of next Sunday’s run-off in the presidential election in Colombia, the government and the FARC rebel group have agreed to set up a truth commission to investigate the deaths of around 220,000 people during the last five decades. 

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11 June 2014 by IJT

Fourteen years after the Arusha peace agreements, which called for a special tribunal and a truth commission in Burundi, the law creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission was promulgated on 15 May. 

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11 June 2014 by IJT

Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) was officially launched on Monday, June 9. More than three years after the revolution that overthrew the former regime of president Ben Ali, the TDC’s mandate is immense. 

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