2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Erin M. Erhardt
Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentor

After the abolition of South Africas apartheid system, both the government and the people needed something to help reduce the post-apartheid tensions at a huge turning point in the countrys history. In response to this need, the government created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, through which victims and perpetrators could come forward to be heard. My paper discusses the origins and creation of what came to be South Africas Truth and Reconciliation and considers whether the Commission can be considered a success. While the situation in the country is improving, there is a long way still go, and the effects of the Commission could be to lay the foundation needed to succeed in the future.


Topic(s):Democracy and Human Rights in South Africa

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 56-6
Location: MG 1090
Time: 3:10

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