Lisa Propst Truth Commissions and Unspoken Narratives in Gillian Slovoâs Red Dust and David Parkâs The Truth Commissioner Over the past two decades, truth recovery projects, which unearth information about systematic human rights violations, have become central to societies trying to move past mass conflict. Since the 1990s, the hope invested in truth recovery has become tied to the conviction that building shared narratives can bring people together. Truth commissions prior to 1995, such as those held in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Uganda, sought to develop a historical record but did not include reconciliation as part of their mandate. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which operated from 1995 to 2002, introduced the widespread association between truth recovery and reconciliation, operating on the principle that creating a forum for testimony about atrocities could help victims of violation to reclaim dignity and force the nation to acknowledge injustices that many had denied. The South African TRC was a ground-Â reaking achievement. It provided offib cial acknowledgment of violations previously denied by the apartheid government, motivated perpetrators to come forward about their crimes in return for amnesty, and offered victims of violence a public forum to give voice
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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