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Web Links for Truth and Reconciliation Commissions - Africa

There are 6 sites catalogued in the category.
Displaying links 1 through 6.
Name: Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)
Description: The CSVR is a multi-disciplinary South African non-governmental organization. Since its inception in 1989 the CSVR has been dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to peaceful and fundamental transformation in South Africa and the Southern African region. The CSVR participates in an extensive range of issues facing South Africa which are listed in the "Programmes" section. As well there is an excellent links page to other international non-governmental organizations and helpfully they place the country of origin for each group.
Name: Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA)
Description: IDASA is an independent public interest organization committed to promoting sustainable democracy in South Africa and elsewhere by building democratic institutions, educing citizen and advocating social justice. Interestingly IDASA was founded at the end of 1986 to help find an alternative to the politics of repression and explore new ways of addressing polarization between black and white South Africans. Typing "reconciliation" into the search engine came up with five articles dealing with local reconciliation initiatives and the impact on local governance.
Name: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)
Description: The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation is committed to the promotion of sustainable reconciliation, transitional justice and democratic nation-building in South Africa and a number of other African countries through research, analysis and targeted interventions. The SA Monitor link provides current developments and debates in the nation building process including a link to "reconciliation". There is a case studies page with recent initiatives as well as a debate page.
Name: The Official Truth and Reconciliation Committee Website
Description: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid. Although this website has not been updated since April 2003 it is still exceptional in that it provides all government documents as well as provides contact information to the South African Justice Department. The TRC is based on the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, No 34 of 1995, a copy of the act is provided on the website. The TRC effects its mandates through three committees: the Amnesty Committee, Reparation and Rehabilitation (R&R) Committee and Human Rights Violations (HRV) Committee. All the work done by the committees including by not limited to transcripts, hearings, decisions, policy documents and submissions from political parties can be found by clicking on the "read more about TRC and its committees" link.
Name: The Special Court for Sierra Leone
Description: The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for the serious violations of international law.
Name: Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
Description: The TRC came about through the peace agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and the rebel Revolutionary United Front. The commission was enacted in 2000 by the Parliament and President. The commission was to produce a report on human rights violation since the beginning of the conflict in 1991 and issue recommendations to facilitated reconciliation and prevent a repetition of past violence. The website tells the store of the commission by providing the documents in chronological order.

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