Looking Back, Reaching Forward

Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa

Charles Villa-Vicencio and Wilhelm Verwoerd

Looking Back, Reaching Forward

Charles Villa-Vicencio and Wilhelm Verwoerd

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344 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781856498203 Published February 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Contents
Foreword Mr Justice ~ Richard Goldstone
Introduction

I. THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND ORIGINS OF THE COMMISSION
1. A Struggle for Human Rights: From the UN Declaration of Human Rights to the present. ~ Dumisa Ntsebeza
2. The Historical Context, Legal Origins and Philosophical Foundations of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission ~Johnny de Lange
3. Same Species, Different Animal: How South Africa Compares to Truth Commissions worldwide ~ Priscilla Hayner
4. Justice Without Punishment: Guaranteeing Human Rights in Transitional Societies ~Paul van Zyl

II: THE PHILOSOPHICAL FRAMEWORK OF THE COMMISSION
Can Truth Commissions be Justified?
5. The Moral Justification of Truth Commissions ~Rajeev Bhargava
6. Restorative Justice: Dealing with the Past Differently ~Charles Villa-Vicencio
Making Moral Judgements
7. Making Moral Judgements ~Mary Burton
8. When the Assassin Cries Foul: The Modern Just War Doctrine ~Kader and Louise Asmal, and Ronald Suresh Roberts
Moral Expectations and Legal Challenges
9. The Law and Struggle: The Same, but Different ~Hugh Corder
10. Combatting Myth and Building Reality ~ Colleen Scott
Religious and Moral Perspectives
11. Truth and Reconciliation as Performance: Spectres of Eucharistic Redemption ~Ebrahim Moosa
12. The Baruti vs the Lawyers: The Role of Religion in the TRC Process ~Piet Meiring

III: WHAT THE COMMISSION SOUGHT TO ACHIEVE
13. Historical Truth: Something to Fight for ~Janet Cherry
14. Truth as a Trigger for Transformation: From Apartheid Injustice to Transformational Justice ~Willie Esterhuyse
A Space for Victims to Speak and the Rights of Perpetrators
15. Towards the Recognition of Our Past Injustices ~Wilhelm Verwoerd
16. Where Healing Begins ~Yazir Henry
Amnesty
17. Justice and Amnesty ~Ronald C. Slye
18. Amnesty: The Burden of Victims ~Richard Lyster
19. Amnesty and Denial ~Nkosinathi Biko
Coexistence, Healing and Reconciliation
20. Getting on With Life: A Move Towards Reconciliation ~Charles Villa-Vicencio
21. Reconciliation: A Call to Action ~Mxolisi Mgxashe
Understanding Perpetrators
22. What Makes a Perpetrator? An Attempt to Understand ~Don Foster
23. A Personal Encounter with Perpetrators ~Ginn Fourie
Reparation and the Healing of Victims
24. Reparation Delayed is Healing Retarded ~Wendy Orr
25. Insufficient Healing and Reparation ~Nomfundo Walaza

IV: AFTER THE COMMISSION
26. An Opportunity for Peace ~Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane
27. Dealing with Systematic Economic Injustice ~Sampie Terreblanche
28. National Reconciliation: Holy Grail or Secular Pact? ~Jakes Gerwel

Appendix: Key sections from the Mandate chapter, TRC Report, Volume I
Index
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