9-25 & 27

9-25 & 27 - Truth& Reconciliation Commission I...

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Unformatted text preview: Truth & Reconciliation Commission I. Reconciliation Act • People granted amnesty cannot be prosecuted for their actions later • Amnesty recipients cannot be sued by families of victims for damages • Can only be given amnesty for acts carried out “in relation to or associated w/ a political objective’ • “Political objective”: “an act, omission or offence directed toward a political opponent or state property or personnel if committed under the order of a liberation movement, political institution or organization” • Should there be reconciliation between perpetrators and victims or perpetrators and beneficiaries? – In South Africa there were few perpetrators (police, military officials, etc.) and many beneficiaries (any White person who benefited from Apartheid) II. Issues raised by the TRC • If forgiveness is premised on “confession, repentance and conversion, what if there is no conversion? What if the White community in South Africa refuses to accept their involvement w/ the system? •...
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2009 for the course SC 039 taught by Professor Magubane during the Fall '07 term at BC.

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