Truth and reconciliation commission

A truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) is a commission that is tasked to uncover wrongdoings by past regimes and/or non-state actors. A TRC is a form of restorative justice: instead of retribution (through tribunals or national courts) against the offenders, it is a way to seek repair of social connections, of restoring the society and peace. This is done through truth-seeking, where actors from both sides of the conflict can come and give their testimony to the commission. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of such a commission was the TRC in South Africa, set up in 1995 to uncover the truth on what happened during the Apartheid regime.

Marieke Zoodsma