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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding$
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Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.001.0001

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“Truth without Facts”On the Erosion of the Fact-Finding Function of Truth Commissions

“Truth without Facts”On the Erosion of the Fact-Finding Function of Truth Commissions

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(p.281) 14. “Truth without Facts”On the Erosion of the Fact-Finding Function of Truth Commissions
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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding
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Pablo de Greiff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.003.0014

This chapter describes and analyzes some trends in the design of truth commission mandates beyond their original fact-finding function. It establishes links between the expansion of truth commission mandates and two particular challenges truth commissions have encountered, namely the poor record of implementation of their recommendations and challenges relating to the selection of commissioners. It also discusses the relationship between the temporal scope of the truth commission and its mandate, including a list of the number of years many commissions were given or took to attempt to carry out their mandate. The chapter argues for more stringent functional analysis in the design of truth commission mandates.

Keywords:   truth commissions, fact-finding functions, selection of commissioners, implementation of recommendations, truth commission mandates

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