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Wounds Not Healed By TimeThe Power of Repentance and Forgiveness$
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Solomon Schimmel

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195128419.001.0001

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The South African Experience

(p.220) Epilogue
Wounds Not Healed By Time

Solomon Schimmel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The epilogue discusses the experience of South Africa and its Truth and Reconciliation Commission (T.R.C.) in attempting to avoid revenge and violence in the transition from white minority to black majority power in the 1990s. The author discusses the rationales given by advocates of the T.R.C. for its amnesty provisions, and the claims of opponents that the T.R.C. ignored the values of justice, accountability, and responsibility for one's misdeeds. The author concludes that we have much to learn from the efforts of South Africans to reconcile with a much lower level of rancor, vengeance, and violence that might have been anticipated given the history of apartheid injustices and human rights violations.

Keywords:   accountability, amnesty, apartheid, human rights, justice, reconciliation, South Africa, T.R.C, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, vengeance, violence

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