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Truth and Reconciliation Commission Processes: Learning from the Solomon Islands
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3298-8848
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

After war, does truth telling lead to more peaceful attitudes between former enemies? This book is the first to study the over-time effect of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process on people’s attitudes towards peace. Focusing on the Solomon Islands TRC process, one of the least known or studied TRC processes in the world, and using surveys, focus groups and in depth interviews, the book reveals some critical issues for peacebuilding. For example, while support of the TRC was consistently quite strong over the two years of the study, there was a sharp decline in trust in the process as well as a significant increase in distrust and suspicion towards ex-combatants over the two-year period. The book shows that the ex-combatants did not feel safe to tell the truth in the TRC and had therefore decided beforehand what to say in the hearings. A systematic telling of untruths thereby took place, severely undermining relationships and peacebuilding in the country. The book weaves the findings from the Solomon Islands with experiences of other post-conflict truth telling process around the world, and suggests practical guidelines for future TRC processes after war.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019. , p. 142
Series
Peace and Security in the 21st Century Series
Keywords [en]
Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, TRCs, Solomon Islands, transitional justice, post-conflict peace-building, peace-building attitudes, trust after war, ex-combatants, psychological health after war, post-conflict coexistence.
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366302ISBN: 9781786605672 (electronic)ISBN: 9781786605665 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-366302DiVA, id: diva2:1264224
Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved

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