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Victims’ Perspectives about the Human Rights Violations Hearings

Social Research and Analysis (SORA) Ruth Picker

While outside of South Africa the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was widely perceived as a model process for dealing with a legacy of violence and human rights violations, within the country substantial criticism has been voiced as to how “just” the TRC really was and on which level shortcomings and failures – either of a fundamental nature, rooted in the concept of the TRC, or as an artefact of how an “initially good idea” was carried out – may be located.

Updated June 6, 2013.