This study investigates perceptions of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), particularly focusing on understandings of, and the links between, truth, justice, and reconciliation. Forty-five semi-structured interviews were conducted at three research sites in Liberia. Findings indicate that although most Liberians agreed with the TRC in principle, most of those who followed its proceedings saw major problems in its implementation, harming perceptions of reconciliation. Participants expressed concerns that the Commission had failed to discover the full truth of wartime abuses, that the truth that was discovered was not told in the right way, and that there had been problems implementing justice. The data indicates that societies recovering from violence and suffering must think carefully about how to revisit their pasts. In order for a truth commission to have a positive impact, it must ensure that truth is told in a reconciliatory fashion, and that its justice-based strategy enjoys popular support.
Truth commission, truth, justice, reconciliation, Liberia
Twose, Gabriel Ph.D. and Mahoney, Caitlin O. Ph.D.
"The Trouble with Truth-telling: Preliminary Reflections on Truth and Justice in Post-war Liberia,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 22:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol22/iss2/1
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