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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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17 March 2007 by -

The latest round of negotiations between the United Nations and the Burundian government to implement a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Special Court ended with an acknowledgement of failure [IJT-56]. The March 5-10 discussions in Bujumbura were supposed to accomplish the objective laid out beforehand by the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation: common agreement on all essential issues, including the nature of the public consultation, the scope of amnesty and the relationship between the TRC and Special Court.

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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

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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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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25 June 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

A well-known human rights activist, Sihem Ben Sedrine, 64, has been appointed president of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia. She received 11 of the possible 15 votes from the other commissioners, themselves nominated a week before [IJT-161]. She is one of the few women to preside over a truth commission. 

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25 June 2014 by Abdullahi Boru, Nairobi (Kenya)

One year after its publication in May 2013, Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) recommendations remain dead letters. A combination of leadership struggles, political inertia and procedural issues has led many Kenyans to view the commission’s extensive report as yet another exercise in avoidance, designed to lower the political temperature. 

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09 July 2014 by IJT

The formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Commission on Enforced Disappearance (CED) for the victims of the decade-long Maoist conflict in Nepal are part of the plans for the new fiscal year, confirmed the government of Nepal on June 29.

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