This paper is based on Amnesty International’s assessment of the work of truth commissions in many countries around the world over the past few decades. Part One discusses the role of truth commissions in the respect, protection and promotion of human rights. Part Two makes recommendations on the establishment, functions and powers of a truth commission, based on international human rights law and standards (see Annex A: Selected international standards and reference documents), as well as the jurisprudence of international and regional human rights bodies. This paper will be regularly updated in the light of further research.
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