n Institute for Security Studies Papers - The impact of the TRC on the military : pressures, problems and imponderables

Volume 1996, Issue 13
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



TRCs are usually instituted where a transition from authoritarian rule to democracy has taken place and the new incumbents feel - mostly as a result of pressures within civil society, but also as a result of the current international and human rights dialogue on how to deal with a violent past - that steps should be taken to unearth the past. The truth phase, as it is called, in some cases also implies a need for a phase of restitution (the so-called justice phase). Due to the differences in the contexts of countries, these phases display a variety of characteristics.

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