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Accountability and National Reconciliation in South Africa (in English and Spanish)
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Brankovic, Jasmina. 2013. "Accountability and National Reconciliation in South Africa." Ediciones Infojus: Derechos Humanos 2, no. 4: 55-86.(Click here for Spanish-language version)An exploration of the extent of accountability and reconciliation arrived at to date in South Africa calls for a look not only at the agenda and impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission but also at the role played by state and other structures after 1994. This article suggests that accountability and reconciliation have been limited, although the responsibility for this may lie more with choices made after the TRC was established than with the commission’s work itself. This article was written for a special journal issue on the 30th anniversary of  Argentina's truth commission, which includes reflections on the South African TRC.

How others have done it: A desk study of community projects related to torture, Appendix C
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Bantjes, Megan. 2011. How others have done it: A desk study of community projects related to torture, Appendix C. Johannesburg: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.With the aim of informing CSVR's development of a community work model to address torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, this desk study examines six community projects conducted in South Africa and in other countries. Details of four of the interventions were found in the literature and information about two projects was gathered in interviews with the staff involved. Each intervention is discussed in terms of six questions that have been found useful for thinking about community work (see Questions about community work, Appendix B). The objectives of CSVR’s community work on torture - transformation, prevention and amelioration - provide the framework for considering the implications of each of these projects for CSVR's development of a model.

Advocating Justice : Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa
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In 2010, the “Advocating Justice” workshop brought together Africa-based practitioners and scholars to share experiences and evaluate African civil society’s advocacy for transitional justice on the continent. Discussing case studies from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the participants highlighted the central role local organisations play in shaping transitional justice agendas in Africa. The workshop was hosted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation on behalf of the African Transitional Justice Research Network.

 

The workshop discussions are summarised in the report, Advocating Justice: Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Africa.

 

Case studies:

Sierra Leone: A Long and Difficult Journey to Reconciliation - The Role of Civil Society, by John Caulker, Fambul Tok International

Liberia Case Study, by Ezekiel Pajibo, Independent Researcher

Centring Women’s Rights in Transitional Justice Processes in Northern Uganda: FIDA-Uganda’s Experience, by Kihika Sarah Kasande, FIDA-Uganda

The Coalition for Reconciliation in Uganda: Important Lessons for Proactive Civil Society Engagement in Catalysing Transitional Justice Discourse, by Stephen Oola, Advocate

Kenya Case Study, by Njonjo Mue, International Center for Transitional Justice, Kenya

Reparations Advocacy: The Case of Khulumani Support Group, by Shirley Gunn, Human Rights Media Centre

The Unfinished Business - The Case of Victims’ Unrelenting Search for Justice in Kenya, by Wachira Waheire, National Victims Network, and Davis Malombe, Kenya Human Rights Commission

Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: What Role for Civil Society?, by Edem Comlan, Penal Reform International, Great Lakes (Rwanda)

Advocacy for the Adoption of Transitional Justice Mechanisms in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by Dieudonne Diku Mpongola, Congolese Coalition for Transitional Justice

Reparations and the African Commission: Experiences from Zimbabwe, by Roselyn Hanzi, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

Advocating for the Adoption of a Holistic Transitional Justice Policy at the African Union, by George Mukundi Wachira, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

 

Victim Services for Human Rights Violations in Malawi
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Amoah, J. & Greenbaum, B. (2005). Victim Services for Human Rights Violations in Malawi. Research report written as part of the Southern Africa Reconciliation Project, April.

Victims' Perspectives about the Human Rights Violations Hearings
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Picker, R. (2005). Victims' Perspectives about the Human Rights Violations Hearings. Research report written for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, February.

Key Resources on Reparations in Southern Africa
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Colvin, C. (2005). Key Resources on Reparations in Southern Africa. Bibliography compiled for the Southern Africa Reconciliation Project.

Key Resources on Social and Political Reconciliation in Southern Africa
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Colvin, C. (2005). Key Resources on Social and Political Reconciliation in Southern Africa. Bibliography compiled for the Southern Africa Reconciliation Project.

Reconciliación y reparación: un balance
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Valji, N. (2004). Reconciliación y reparación: un balance. In Vanguardia Dossier, "Potencias emergentes: China, India, Brasil y Sudáfrica", No. 12 July/September. [Spanish]

The State of Access to Information in South Africa
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McKinley, D. (2004). The State of Access to Information in South Africa. Research report written for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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Posel, D. & Simpson, G. (eds) (2002). Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, July.

National Narrative versus Local Truths: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Engagement with Duduza
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van der Merwe, H. (2002). National Narrative versus Local Truths: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Engagement with Duduza. In Posel, D. & Simpson, G. (eds), Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, pp. 269-281, Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.

Facilitators Guide to Reconciliation in South African Communities.
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Maepa, T. & Geyer, Y. (2002). Facilitators Guide to Reconciliation in South African Communities. Johannesburg: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Available on request from Ntombifuthi Zondo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Legal Profession and the TRC: A Study of a Tense Relationship.
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Rombouts, H. (2002). The Legal Profession and the TRC: A Study of a Tense Relationship. Research report written for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, February.

Interventions after the TRC – Reconciliation, Advocacy & Healing
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Kayser, U. (2001). Interventions after the TRC – Reconciliation, Advocacy & Healing. Workshop report written for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, October.