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On May 25, 2006 the Greensboro Truth Commission released its  to the City of Greensboro.
A common theme of truth commissions lies in rewriting a nation’s history to provide a history of events that honors and respects survivors and provides citizens an understanding of how violence took place and who was responsible for human rights violations. In Guatemala, for example, this meant writing a history that outlined the role of the government institutions in human rights abuses during Guatemala’s , when there were widespread human rights abuses.

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Second, truth commissions must reflect local realities and not blindly follow a global template.
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Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg remains the only recommendation out of the that were made, to be committed to by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government.

 

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The development of U.S.-based truth commissions can be traced back to two efforts at racial reconciliation that were begun in the mid-1990s.
As a result, they often attempt to build the truth from the bottom up. What this means is that U.S.-based truth commissions work to empower local citizens to write histories and come to a broader understanding of the role of race and racism in inequality in .

From our work so far, we have found that successful truth commissions have a number of common elements. I will mention four.
Societies emerging from violent conflict face many challenges as they aim for political stability and socio-economic development. Above all these societies have to deal with the legacy of the past: widespread human rights violations, continuing communal or ethnic tensions, the collapse of the justice system, the failure of the security services and the erosion of state legitimacy. Countries have sought to manage that legacy with the support of the international community using various approaches such as truth seeking, reconciliation initiatives and transitional justice mechanisms. These approaches have become part of the standard framework of peace agreements and processes. But do these approaches work? The Kofi Annan Foundation questions current practice and proposes ways that better help war-torn societies to build lasting peace. With ICTJ, we have examined the role of truth commissions and we are currently working on the topic of reconciliation with Interpeace.


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The work of a truth commission can allow a society to move forward based on a shared understanding of the past and a common vision for the future.

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Truth seeking should, of course, help determine the accountability of individuals. But truth seeking is not only about individual responsibility; it’s also about society, about the state and its institutions. This is the truth that is needed for making changes to the system, learning from past failures so as to prevent future ones. Nevertheless, I would caution that truth seeking cannot substitute for criminal justice. Both are essential building blocks in the reformation of the state and the healing of societies riven by brutality. So too is reconciliation even though we should recognize that reconciliation is a long-term process, not an event.

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Third, we should be aware that truth commissions are not a panacea for a divided society. A society divided by conflict does not suddenly emerge united when a peace agreement is signed. Nor can it be reconciled by a truth commission’s work alone.

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At the outset, parties to a peace process have to be clear about why a truth commission is being established; clarity is vital to avoid later disappointment.