Report on Lessons of Truth and Reconcilation Commissions
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (July 10, 2012) - A report on an international conference on the theme: "Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," will be released on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 9:00am at Royal Palace Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi.
The report stems from a conference organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker based peace and social justice organization working around the world. The report contains recommendations and lessons learned from information shared on past and current Truth Commissions at a conference held last August 2011, in Bujumbura, Burundi. About sixty participants from nine countries, including Burundi, attended the gathering.
Conference participants shared their experiences of lessons learned from Truth Commissions, and made recommendations on the creation and organization of such commissions, as well as strategies to promote participation and protection of victims and witnesses. They also proposed ideal legislation to set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Burundi.
Experts, former commissioners and other conference participants agreed on the following conditions for a successful TRC: There must be the political will of the government, a national consensus, and a guarantee of security for victims and witnesses.
Created in 1917 in Philadelphia, United States of America, the American Friends Service Committee is an international nongovernmental organization of Friends who works in the areas of peace, social justice and community recovery. American Friends Service Committee has been officially registered by the Government of Burundi in 2005.