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Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Truth Commissions: The Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective


ISBN13: 9781138215214
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2014)
Price: £34.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415729529



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In 1991, after the end of the Pinochet regime, the newly-elected democratic government of Chile established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate and report on some of the worst human rights violations committed under the seventeen-year military dictatorship. The Chilean TRC was one of the first truth commissions established in the world. This book examines whether and how the work of the Chilean TRC contributed to the transition to democracy in Chile and to subsequent developments in accountability and transformation in that country.

The book takes a long term view on the Chilean TRBC asking to what extent and how the truth commission contributed to the development of the subsequent human rights initiatives that were implemented, and how this relationship was established over time. It argues that, contrary to the views and expectations of those who considered that the Chilean TRC was of limited success, that the Chilean TRC has, in fact, over the longer term, played a key role as an enabler of justice and a means by which ethical and institutional transformation has occurred within Chile. With the benefit of this historical perspective, the book concludes that the impact of truth commissions in general needs to be carefully reviewed in light of the Chilean experience.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
1. The Rise and Fall of the Military Regime
2. Dealing with the Past
3. The Ramifications of the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Setbacks Encountered
4. Early Debates and Criticisms of the Chilean TRC and its Role in the Transitional Process
5. The Change
6. The Chilean Truth Commission and "Late Justice"
7. An Extended Truth and its Effects