The Challenges, Realities and Failures of Truth Commissions.Good Book Worth Reading: The Kenyan Justice and Repatriation Commission

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An Outsider’s View from the Inside with Foreword from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.Truth, Reconciliation, Accountability, and Reparation are generally identified as the core components of transitional justice. When it is not politically or practically feasible to hold perpetrators of human rights violations criminally accountable, is it acceptable to settle for alternative–more limited–forms of accountability for the sake of advancing the objectives of truth and reconciliation?

In many post-authoritarian and post-conflict settings, specialized courts and commissions have been created to administer alternative judicial and non-judicial forms of accountability and redress for victims.

Today, how do the Ministry of Justice and government strike a balance between flexibility and accountability in transitional justice processes, the implications of transitional justice for human rights and democracy, and how transitional justice processes can succeed in fraught political contexts?And then there is further confirmation why I firmly believe that this current version of the

“war against corruption” and remediation of the country’s historical injustices will NEVER AGAIN happen – definitely NOT in the next generation or two.Oh, one generation is 30years.Here an excerpted from “The Kenyan TJRC:

AN Outsider’s View from the Inside” – by Ronald C. Slye.>>>>>BEGIN QUOTE”During the three weeks I was to spend in Nairobi, we would face one of our biggest challenges as a Commission:Would we agree to remove references to allegations of land-grabbing by Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya and father of the current president?

Although the law required us to deliver the report directly to him, President Kenyatta had refused to meet with us while some of his closest advisors threatened and bribed us to have references to his father’s land dealings removed from our report.

This blatant interferences in our work divided us along lines of nationality – the five remaining Kenyan commissioners supporting the removal and the three international commissioners opposed….Our legislation forbade us from being “subject to the control or direction of any person or authority” and required us to act “independently of any political party, Government or other organizational interests”.

The president’s interference was not the only serious challenge we faced as a commission….” (p10)<<<<<END QUOTERemind me again how serious Adama Barrow et co are serious about “reconciliation and repatriation” and how impartial, “independent” if you may, the Human Rights Commission and the anti-corruption agencies i.e. “organizational interests” are in this fight?

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