Dealing with the Past and the Psychology of Reconciliation: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a psychological perspective

1995Brandon Hamber,

This article speaks about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) established in South Africa, with the express purpose of facilitating a truth recovery process aimed at reconciling with the past. According to the objectives of the latest draft of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Bill this process of reconciliation is to occur through the establishing of as complete a picture as possible of the causes, nature and extent of past abuses. The so-called “victims” of these abuses will be located and allowed to relate their stories so as to restore human and civil dignity.

Key wordspeace processes / post conflict / transitional justice