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Preview — Unspeakable Truths by Priscilla B. This book is a profound exploration of truth commissions around the world, and the anguish, injustice, and the legacy of hate they are meant to absolve.

Hayner examines twenty major truth commissions established around the world paying special attention to South Africa, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unspeakable Truths , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 08, Mandy rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , Well organized, complex, and extensive.

An excellent book to pick up if you're interested in the subject. I liked her comparative framework, as too often truth commission studies focus on the "successful" examples, and Hayner also provided examples of what can go wrong and what it looks like when conflicts end without truth telling.

Recommended for anyone unfamiliar with the field. Read for grad school. Nov 20, Brandy rated it liked it Shelves: , books-i-own , history-in-iaff. Read this for a grad school class. This book was very well researched and written and at times is incredibly dense due to the amount of detail. Very God for anyone interested in truth commissions in general or one of the commissions specifically.

A thoughtful and comprehensive dive into modern-era truth commissions. It balances well the needs of survivors with pragmatic policy concerns, and entertains difficult questions useful to anyone determining the needs of a transitional justice system.

Over all a must-read. Jun 01, Christopher rated it really liked it. Essential if you want to be informed about a complex world. Aug 17, Aditya Adhikari rated it liked it. A comprehensive and useful overview of experiences in transitional justice over recent decades, though analytically weak.

Ayuda a entender el trabajo y las complicaciones de las comisiones de la verdad. A relatively clear synopsis of truth commissions around the world. May 13, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: dcar , Excellent review of the history of truth commissions.

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Unspeakable Truths: Facing the Challenge of Truth Commissions

Find out about our effort to help us all think through what we can do to help. New York, NY: Routledge, As the most comprehensive analysis of truth commissions to date, this book is essential for anyone interested in these bodies or in transitional justice more generally. Hayner presents a balanced account of truth commissions and their potential contribution to transitional societies. She is skeptical, for example, of sweeping claims sometimes made about the therapeutic "healing" or national "reconciliation" power of truth commissions. Unfortunately, in most cases, people have expectations far in excess of what is reasonably possible and this disappointment often leads people to overlook positive effects. The book outlines the growing feeling that there is a need to address the past for victims, and that not doing anything would make recurrence more likely.


Summary of "Unspeakable Truths: Confronting State Terror and Atrocity"

These two books contribute to the vigorous international debate concerning ways in which fledgling democratic societies in transition from authoritarian regimes or civil conflict reckon with grave past wrongs committed by governments or their opponents. Since Ruti Teitel, the Ernest C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, has written perceptively about "transitional justice" -- a term she used long before it became popular. Priscilla Hayner, an independent researcher, is codirector of the newly established International Center for Truth and Reconciliation and richly deserves her reputation as the premier scholar and consultant on truth commissions. Both authors describe the variety of tools -- such as national and international trials, investigatory bodies, memorials, reparations, and constitutional changes -- that societies and international bodies have employed to address human rights violations.

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