Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Bringing Justice to South Africa

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Bringing Justice to South Africa

Although many South Africans were victims of human rights violations during the apartheid, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission gave those victims some measure of closure and justice, helping the nation to create a more just and peaceful environment. These Truth and Reconciliation Commissions was a court-like justice system that helped victims of the South African apartheid. These commissions were accomplished by the work of three different committees that helped each victim present their case. The public from around the world looked at the acts of justice carried out in South Africa as very successful. Clearly, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission completely changed the South African government, people, and wellbeing drastically. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was the result of the South African apartheid in which the South African people were “classified by their race” and segregated from “1984-1994” (Apartheid). These victims, who were mostly the native blacks, were treated as second-class citizens by the whites and had horrible living conditions. The TRC was a court-like body that allowed victims of human rights violations to come forward and bring their perpetrators, who were present at the trials, to justice. The perpetrators were then able to request amnesty and testify. Archbishop Desmond Tutu set up the TRC in “1995” in Cape Town, South Africa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was “appointed by the President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela”, to be the leader of the TRC (Desmond). The TRC was based off of “terms of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, No 34 of 1995” (Truth). The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was accomplished by three committees: The Human Rights Violations (HRV), Reparation & Rehabilitation (R&R), and the Amnesty Committee (AC). Each one of these committees played a special role in successfully accomplishing the TRC. The HRV...
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