Certain truth and reconciliation processes around the world remain understudied. This means that valuable lessons for transitional justice processes elsewhere are not learned. This article therefore examines lessons from the Togolese Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR). It examines the historical context of violence in Togo in order to understand why the country decided to establish a truth commission and looks at how previous inquiries established the need for such a process. Other issues examined are the CVJR’s mandate, the time period provided to do its work, and the pros and cons of the choices made with respect to these matters. The article looks at the powers of the CVJR, its recommendations, and examines issues related to truth recovery, victims’ needs, and the Commission’s ability to combat impunity. Finally, the Commission’s effectiveness and legacy for the country are assessed. The article argues that for an under-resourced process the commission performed well in some areas but not so well in other areas. It is argued that it was a useful process in some respects, but that more could have been done had the process optimally worked. The article provides lessons that can be ascertained from the Togolese process.
Keywords Transitional justice, truth and reconciliation commissions, dealing with the past, Togo, prosecutions, Togolese Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR), human rights, violence, conflict.
Sarkin, Jeremy J. Prof and Davi, Tetevi
"The Togolese Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission: Lessons for Transitional Justice Processes Elsewhere,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 24:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol24/iss1/2