The togolese truth, justice and reconciliation commission: Lessons for transitional justice processes elsewhere

Jeremy J. Sarkin, Tetevi Davi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
Volume24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Dealing with the past
  • Human rights
  • Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR)
  • Prosecutions
  • Togo
  • Togolese truth
  • Transitional justice
  • Truth and reconciliation commissions
  • Violence

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