In recent years we have seen the emergence of two types of institutions for dealing with systematic and large-scale human rights violations: the international criminal courts and the truth and reconciliation Commissions (hereinafter ‘TRCs’). Both have been widely acclaimed by the international human rights community as instruments for dealing with crimes committed by repressive regimes despite the fact that they employ radically different methods. Thus far there has been no conflict between the two as TRCs have been established only in societies not subject to the...
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