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Political Salon: Unspeakable Truths: Transitional Justice and the Challenge of Truth Commissions

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 6:30pm

World Policy Institute presents :

Unspeakable Truths:
Transitional Justice and the Challenge of Truth Commissions

A Political Salon with author Priscilla B. Hayner
October 18, 2010

This event is by invitation only.

In a sweeping review of 40 truth commissions, Priscilla Hayner delivers a definitive exploration of the global experience in official truth-seeking after widespread atrocities. When Unspeakable Truths was first published by Routledge in 2001, it was the first of its kind and quickly became a classic, helping to define the field of truth commissions and the broader arena of transitional justice. Since then, 20 new commissions have been formed and many countries have encountered new obstacles and opportunities in the painful and dramatic search for truth, justice and reconciliation. In the fully updated and expanded second edition of Unspeakable Truths, Hayner assesses the impact of truth commissions, analyzes new trends, and highlights new thinking in reparations, international justice, healing from trauma and gender. Placing the increasing number of truth commissions within the broader expansion in transitional justice, Unspeakable Truths challenges many widely-held assumptions and will help define how nations in the future will deal with painful pasts.

About the Speaker

Priscilla Hayner is a cofounder of the International Center for Transitional Justice and served as program director and then director of its Geneva office and its Peace and Justice Program until early 2010. Hayner has written widely on official truth-seeking in political transitions, first publishing Unspeakable Truths, a comparative study of truth commissions, in 2001. She has also undertaken extensive research on how justice issues are addressed in peace processes, with numerous publications including a guidance note for mediators. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. She was previously a consultant to the Ford Foundation and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Ami Dar is the founder and director of Idealist.org. Idealist is the most popular nonprofit resource on the Web, helping 70,000 people every day connect with 100,000 NGOs around the world.

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