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Rule-of-Law Tools for Post Conflicts States Establishing Truth Commissions
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It is increasingly common for countries emerging from civil war or authoritarian rule to create a truth commission to operate during the immediate post-transition period. These commissions—officially sanctioned, temporary, non-judicial investigative bodies—are granted a relatively short period for statement-taking, investigations, research and public hearings, before completing their work with a final public report. While truth commissions do not replace the need for prosecutions, they do offer some form of accounting for the past, and have thus been of particular interest in situations where prosecutions for massive crimes are impossible or unlikely—owing to either a lack of capacity of the judicial system or a de facto or de jure amnesty. As described below, the work of a truth commission may also strengthen any prosecutions that do take place in the future.
The United Nations and other international actors have an important role in assisting such bodies in their establishment and operation. Many critical operational decisions and difficulties are outlined below, as is the role that various national and international actors may play.
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OHCHR ,   (2007 )
Type / Script:
Progress Report in English
Keywords:
HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SPECIAL PROCEDURES, HUMAN RIGHTS INDICATORS, HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING, HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY, HUMAN SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, INTERNATIONAL LAW, INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, SEXUAL VIOLENCE, SEXUAL HARASSMENT
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Thesaurus:
01.07.00  -  General And National Law
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