Verdad y memoria


In this edition of the ICTJ Forum, ICTJ experts discuss developments in Tunisia, where a truth commission—the Truth and Dignity Commission—has recently been created.


In our latest ICTJ Dispatch, vice president Paul Seils analyzes the most sensitive issues at stake in Northern Ireland, such as how to deal with the past in a constructive way, and the validity of the Haass and O’Sullivan proposals on outstanding issues of the peace process.

Hatun Willakuy is a Quechua expression meaning the great story, signifying the enormity of the events recounted in the abbreviated version of the Final Report of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Before the commission, Peru had never conducted such a comprehensive examination of violence, abuse of power, or injustice.


Nepal has reached a critical moment in its effort to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission of Inquiry on the Disappeared. ICTJ's Eduardo González explains what current developments in the country could mean to victims and their families who have demanded truth and justice for abuses during Nepal's decade-long civil war.

Disappearances, killings, torture, displacement, and repression. The repercussions of these terrible crimes are felt long after they are committed. Yet, politicians are often reluctant to carry out the difficult work of uncovering the truth about past atrocities, claiming that the society cares only about the future. But in reality, the burden of a past filled with human rights violations weighs heavily on societies, and in particular on youth.


In this episode of the ICTJ Forum, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya, Ian Martin, speaks with us about the relationship between truth-seeking and peace negotiations in the context of Nepal as well as the MENA region.


On February 25, 1999, Guatemala’s Historical Clarification Commission published its final report. At the time, it went largely unnoticed by the international community, as compared to the South African TRC final report, published only a few months earlier. Today, on its 15th anniversary, we discuss why this report has become known as one of the most innovative and influential truth commission reports.