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Toward the Truth About the Trc: a Response To Key Moral Criticisms of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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In this article the 'genre' of the TRC Report is clarified in order to answer some of the criticisms of the TRC. It is argued that the TRC conceptualised its role as the promotion of restorative justice rather than retributive justice. Justice and reconciliation is served not by isolating perpetrators of gross human rights violations but by restoring human community. Different aspects of the effects of the TRC's work are considered, namely reconciliation, amnesty and forgiveness Justice-based and reconciliation-based criticisms of the TRC are answered.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy University of Stellenbosch Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602 Republic of South Africa

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