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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 11 of Episode 1

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39:16This week’s session of the Truth Commission was actually a sitting of its Human Rights Committee. Let’s take a look at how the commission works. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has 17 members and is divided into three committees: The Committee on Human Rights Violations, the Committee on Amnesty, and the Committee on Rehabilitation and Reparation. The Committee on Human Rights Violations investigates gross human rights violations, such as torture, murder, kidnapping and assault committed between the dates of the 1st of March 1960 to the 5th of December 1993. It may gather information and hear evidence from victims and witnesses in an attempt to find out who committed human rights violations and why. It can subpoena witnesses. Allied to this is an investigative unit. The Committee on Amnesty considers amnesty applications from perpetrators. To qualify for amnesty they must have committed these acts with a political objective. The applicants may get amnesty if certain ...moreFull Transcript and References
 
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