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The Resource Truth v. justice : the morality of truth commissions, edited by Robert I. Rotberg and Dennis Thompson

Truth v. justice : the morality of truth commissions, edited by Robert I. Rotberg and Dennis Thompson

Truth v. justice : the morality of truth commissions
Truth v. justice
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the morality of truth commissions
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edited by Robert I. Rotberg and Dennis Thompson
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Truth versus justice
"The truth commission is an increasingly common fixture of newly democratic states with repressive or strife-ridden pasts. From South Africa to Haiti, truth commissions are at work with varying degrees of support and success. To many, they are the best--or only--way to achieve a full accounting of crimes committed against fellow citizens and to prevent future conflict. Others question whether a restorative justice that sets the guilty free, that cleanses society by words alone, can deter future abuses and allow victims and their families to heal. Here, leading philosophers, lawyers, social scientists, and activists representing several perspectives look at the process of truth commissioning in general and in post-apartheid South Africa. They ask whether the truth commission, as a method of seeking justice after conflict, is fair, moral, and effective in bringing about reconciliation. The authors weigh the virtues and failings of truth commissions, especially the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in their attempt to provide restorative rather than retributive justice. They examine, among other issues, the use of reparations as social policy and the granting of amnesty in exchange for testimony. Most of the contributors praise South Africa's decision to trade due process for the kinds of truth that permit closure. But they are skeptical that such revelations produce reconciliation, particularly in societies that remain divided after a compromise peace with no single victor, as in El Salvador. Ultimately, though, they find the truth commission to be a worthy if imperfect instrument for societies seeking to say "never again" with confidence. At a time when truth commissions have been proposed for Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, East Timor, Cambodia, Nigeria, Palestine, and elsewhere, the authors' conclusion that restorative justice provides positive gains could not be more important."--JSTOR website (viewed May 26, 2017)
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Truth v. justice : the morality of truth commissions, edited by Robert I. Rotberg and Dennis Thompson
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Truth commissions and the provision of truth, justice, and reconciliation / Robert I. Rotberg -- The moral foundations of truth commissions / Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson -- Restoring decency to barbaric societies / Rajeev Bhargava -- Moral ambition within and beyond political constraints: reflections on restorative justice / Elizabeth Kiss -- Truth commissions, transitional justice, and civil society / David A. Crocker -- The moral foundations of the South African TRC: truth as acknowledgment and justice as recognition / André du Toit -- Truth and reconciliation in South Africa: the third way / Alex Boraine -- The uses of truth commissions: lessons for the world / Dumisa B. Ntsebeza -- Amnesty, truth, and reconciliation: reflections on the South African amnesty process / Ronald C. Slye -- Amnesty's justice / Kent Greenawalt -- Trials, commissions, and investigating committees: the elusive search for norms of due process / Sanford Levinson -- The hope for healing: what can truth commissions do? / Martha Minow -- Doing history, doing justice: the narrative of the historian and of the truth commission / Charles S. Maier -- Constructing a report: writing up the "truth" / Charles Villa-Vicencio and Wilhelm Verwoerd
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