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Epilogue

Solomon Schimmel

in Wounds Not Healed By Time

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195128413
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195128419.003.0009
Epilogue

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The epilogue discusses the experience of South Africa and its Truth and Reconciliation Commission (T.R.C.) in attempting to avoid revenge and violence in the transition from white minority to black majority power in the 1990s. The author discusses the rationales given by advocates of the T.R.C. for its amnesty provisions, and the claims of opponents that the T.R.C. ignored the values of justice, accountability, and responsibility for one's misdeeds. The author concludes that we have much to learn from the efforts of South Africans to reconcile with a much lower level of rancor, vengeance, and violence that might have been anticipated given the history of apartheid injustices and human rights violations.

Keywords: accountability; amnesty; apartheid; human rights; justice; reconciliation; South Africa; T.R.C; Truth and Reconciliation Commission; vengeance; violence

Chapter.  2888 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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