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9-25 & 27

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

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Truth & Reconciliation Commission
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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’
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“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”
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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)
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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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