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09 July 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Post the Arab Spring, Tunisia stands alone in the Middle East in its commitment to transitional justice. Just three years into the revolution, it created a Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) on 9 June, whose 15 members have a maximum of five years to document human rights violations committed from July 1955 to December 2013. But, already under pressure over allegations of political bias, the IVD will experience no honeymoon period.

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22 October 2014 by Marc-André Boisvert, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Just weeks after the final public sessions of Ivory Coast’s Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, victims’ advocates say the process has failed and reconciliation still seems a long way off.

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19 November 2014 by Thierry Ogier, São Paulo (Brazil)

In a major shake-up, Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV) is expected to demand the prosecution of alleged military regime torturers identified in their final report on crimes during the country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. 

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11 June 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 161.

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09 July 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 163.

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22 October 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 168.

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19 November 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 170.

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17 December 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TCD) began its work on Monday, opening two weeks later than originally planned. The commission will have a maximum of five years to undertake the painstaking research work needed to document economic abuses and human rights violations allegedly committed by the state from July 1955 through December 2013 [IJT-163]. Plaintiffs are expected to lodge complaints up until 14 December 2015, in the form of written and in-person testimonies, and the TCD will be able to access government archives.

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17 December 2014 by Thierry Ogier, São Paulo (Brazil)

As international human rights organizations praised the 10 December report of Brazil’s truth commission on military regime-era torture, victims and surviving families expressed indignation. The official report on human rights violations from 1946 to 1988 came after a 30-month investigation led by the National Truth Commission, locally called the CNV [IJT-170]. 

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