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Information and Data on the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation
  • Report of the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Correa, Jorge. "Dealing with Past Human Rights Violations: The Chilean Case After Dictatorship." The Notre Dame Law Review. Volume 67, Issue 5 (1992).
  • Elsalaco, Mark. "Truth Commissions for Chile and El Salvador: A Report and Assessment." Human Rights Quarterly. Volume 16 (1994).
  • Kaplan, Temma. "Truth without Reconciliation in Chile: Testimonies of the Tortured and the case against Augusto Pinochet." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Human Rights Watch. "Chile's Transition on Trial." Available on the Human Rights Watch website .
  • Zalaquett, Jose. "Balancing Ethical Imperatives and Political Constraints: The Dilemma of New Democracies Confronting Past Human Rights Violations." Hastings Law Journal. Volume 43, no. 6 (1992).
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Information and Data on the United Nations Commission on the Truth for El Salvador
  • From Madness to Hope: The 12 Year War in El Salvador. Report of the Truth Commission.
  • Americas Watch. El Salvador's Decade of Terror. Human Rights Watch. Yale University Press: New Haven and London, 1991.
  • Buergenthal, Thomas. "The United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador." Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Volume 27, no. 3 (1994).
  • Cassell, Douglass. "International Truth Commissions and Justice." The Aspen Institute Quarterly. Volume 5, no. 3 (1993).
  • Elsalaco, Mark. "Truth Commissions for Chile and El Salvador: A Report and Assessment." Human Rights Quarterly. Volume 16 (1994).
  • Human Rights Watch. "Accountability and Human Rights: The Report of the UN Commission on the Truth for El Salvador." Available on the Human Rights Watch website .
  • Johnstone, Ian. Rights and Reconciliation: UN Strategies in El Salvador. International Peace Academy Occasional Paper Series, 1995.
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Information and Data on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report.
  • Asmal, Kader. Reconciliation Through Truth: A Reckoning of Apartheid's Criminal Governance. .
  • De Ridder, Trudy. "The Trauma of Testifying: Deponent's difficult healing process." 1997. .
  • Gibson, James and Gouws, Amanda. "Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Attributions for Blame and the Struggle over Apartheid." 1998. .
  • Hamber, Brandon, Nageng, Dineo & O'Malley, Gabriel. "Telling it like it is: Understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from the Survivor's Perspective." .
  • Hamber, Brandon. "The Need for a Survivor-Centred Approach to the TRC." .
  • Hamber, Brandon. "Reflecting on the Truth: has the media coverage of the TRC changed the way that the public sees itself, its history and its responsibility?".
  • Kiguwa, Samuel. "National Reconciliation and Nation Building: Reflections on the TRC in Post Apartheid South Africa." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Krog, Antjie. Country of my Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa. Random House, 1998.
  • Posel, Deborah. "The TRC Report: What Kind of History? What Kind of Truth?" Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Simpson, Graeme. "A Brief Evaluation of South Africa's TRC: Some Lessons for Societies in Transition." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Skinner, Donald. "An Evaluation of a set of Public Hearings in Worcestor." Trauma Center for Survivors of Violence and Torture: Cape Town.
  • Stacey, Simon. "A 'New South Africa': The South African TRC's Vexed Nation Building Project." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Theissen, Gunnar. "Common Past, Divided Truth: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South African Public Opinion." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Van der Merwe, Hugo. "The South African TRC and Community Reconciliation." Unpublished dissertation.
  • Van der Merwe, Hugo. "National and Community Reconciliation: Competing Agendas in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission." Forthcoming in Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice after Civil Conflict, ed. Nigel Biggar. Georgetown University Press: Washington, DC.
  • Wilson, Richard. "Reconciliation and Revenge in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Rethinking Legal Pluralism and Human Rights." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
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Information and Data on the Guatemalan Clarification Commission and the Recovery of the Historical Memory Project
  • The Report of the Guatemalan Commission for Historical Clarification. Summary Version.
  • Beristain, Carlos. "Mirarse en el espejo de la Verdad: La experiencia del Proyecto de Reconstruction de la Memoria Historica." Unpublished manuscript.
  • Beristain, Carlos. "The Value of Memory." .
  • Cabrera, Roberto. "Should we remember? Recovering Historical Memory in Guatemala."
  • Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo. "Gam Pide cumplimiento de las recomendaciones de la CEH." 1999.
  • Yale University Website on the Guatemalan Truth Commission : "The Guatemalan Truth Commission & The US Role"; "An Overview of the Guatemalan Clarifications Commission"; "Guatemala: A History of Violence."
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Analysis and Theory of Truth Commissions
  • Burton, Mary. "Looking back, moving forward- revisiting conflicts, striving towards peace."
  • Edelstein, Jayni. "Rights, Reparations and Reconciliation: Some Comparative Notes." Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. 1994.
  • Hamber, Brandon. "How Should we Remember? Issues to consider when establishing commissions and structures for dealing with the past." .
  • Hayner, Priscilla B. "Fifteen Truth Commissions- 1974 to 1994: A Comparative Study." In Human Rights Quarterly. Volume 16 (1994).
  • Hayner, Priscilla B., Unspeakable Truths: Confronting State Terror and Atrocity. Routledge: New York and London, 2001.
  • Kritz, Neil. Transitional Justice: How Emerging Democracies Reckon with Former Regimes. Volumes 1-3. United States Institute of Peace Press, 1995.
  • Kulkarni, Anu. "Truth Commissions: Institutional Strategies for Trust Construction and Conflict Management." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Minow, Martha. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence. Beacon Press: Boston, 1998.
  • Parlevliet, Michelle. "Telling the Truth in the Wake of Mass Violence."
  • Popkin, Margaret and Bhuta Nehal. "Latin American Amnesties in Comparative Perspective: Can the Past Be Buried." In Ethics & International Affairs. Volume 13 (1999).
  • Shea, Dorthy. "Are Truth Commissions Just a Fad? Indicators and Implications from the South African TRC." Unpublished paper presented at the conference on the TRC at Wits University, June 1999.
  • Steiner, Henry. "Truth Commissions: A Comparative Assessment." A Transcript of an International Meeting.
  • Zalaquett, Jose. "Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Lessons for the International Community." In Comparative Peace Processes in Latin America, Arnson, Cynthia. Woodrow Wilson Center Press: Washington DC, 1999.
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