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Truth Commission

'Torture' or Torture

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

In the end, the question remains not one of torture, nor even one of truth, but one of lasting consequences. Not for the victims and the perpetrators, but for citizens of large democracies.

'Tunisian Spring' Continues, But Challenges Remain

David Tolbert | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
David Tolbert

The launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in June marks a turning point in Tunisia's transition -- a groundbreaking step toward justice in a country that has experienced many human rights abuses, particularly during the reign of its last dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

An Agreement That Never Should Have Happened Is Declared Unconstitutional

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Jesica L. Santos

An Argentinian Federal Court declared null the Memorandum of Understanding that Argentina and Iran had signed in January 2013 to jointly seek the truth regarding the 1994 bombing that killed 85 and injured more than 300 in Buenos Aires.

Guatemala: Calling on the International Community

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Guatemalans paid a terrible price for decades of conflict: 200,000 people dead or forcibly disappeared, the vast majority of them Maya civilians killed by members and allies of the armed forces.

Three Years Since Revolution, Tunisia Seeks to Reckon With Difficult Past

David Tolbert | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
David Tolbert

While those in Western countries may wonder what is meant by "transitional justice," in societies emerging from a period of mass abuse -- such as systematic torture, massive disappearances and crimes against humanity -- the question of how to address past abuses is an urgent one, particularly for victims.

To Build Peace, Seek Truth About the Past

David Tolbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
David Tolbert

Commissions cannot be established as a cosmetic measure without attention to lessons learned or human rights principles. On the contrary, they must be firmly anchored in the recognition that victims of gross human rights violations and their societies have a right to know the truth.

Truth Commission Wanted To Investigate Trujillo Years

AP | Posted 03.12.2013 | Latino Voices

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A new campaign seeks to establish a Truth Commission in the Dominican Republic to delve into the brutal years of ...

An Unhealthy Nexus: Iran and Argentina

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Argentina now seems set on a path of colluding with the those who stand accused as the perpetrators to replace the Argentine criminal justice process with a vague arrangement that will, at best, further delay justice and, at worst, result in a gross miscarriage of justice.

Argentina And Iran Reach Agreement On Bombing Probe

AP | Posted 01.28.2013 | Latino Voices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina and Iran reached a breakthrough Sunday in the investigation of a Jewish center bombing that killed 85 people in B...

Haunted by War Crimes Accusations, the Candyman Has His Day in Court

Steven W. Barnes | Posted 02.27.2013 | World
Steven W. Barnes

Inocente Montano's quiet life in America stood in shocking contrast to what his accusers say is his secret past: he is the first of 19 former military officials who may be held to account for allegedly planning the murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador on November 16, 1989.

A Real Truth Commission for Honduras

Bertha Oliva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bertha Oliva

Honduras desperately needs a truth commission to investigate the coup and the many killings, rapes, beatings and illegal detentions that occurred after June 28.

One Year After the Honduran Coup: Isolation, Insecurity, Impunity

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

The Honduran political establishment and the Obama administration were banking on the country moving beyond the coup domestically and normalizing relations with the world. But this stance has proven naïve.

Honduras's Truth Commission Controversy

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

Supporters of last year's coup are demanding that the government let sleeping dogs lie, while their opponents fear The Truth Commission will fail to deliver an honest account of the coup.

When War is Unjust Should Soldiers Just Say No?

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Barrett

Military regulations recognize an individual's right to refuse combat for reasons of faith or conscience, but the CO status does not distinguish between wars of national defense and those of preemptive strikes.

Another Hurt Locker

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Another, different "hurt locker" haunts these wars: it is the veteran hurt locker of hidden casualties.

What We Need To Hear About the Torture Report

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the investigation into the Justice Department memos that authorized the torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the Bush administration.

Assassinations, Peace and State Violence in India and Pakistan

Abdul Malik Mujahid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdul Malik Mujahid

As Indians mark the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi, Sikhs renew their call for justice, and Pakistan bleeds with terrorism, it is important to reflect on justice, reconciliation and forgiveness.

President Obama, Find Peace Through Truth

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

What better way for Obama to begin his labors of peace on the world stage than by impaneling a Truth Commission to investigate the wrongdoings of the Bush administration regarding their pre-emptive war with Iraq?

Tell The Truth: You're a Real Storyteller

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Laermer

The success of Angela's Ashes taught us that the most popular stories that seem to resonate with readers and spur new and positive changes are often the true ones.

Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

Report on Cheney Shows Why We Need The Truth

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Did Dick Cheney knowingly send intelligence officials to Congress to mislead them about the use of waterboarding? Did the Vice President himself?

No Way Around an Investigation in Moving Forward

Morton H. Halperin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morton H. Halperin

The American public should hear directly, in open-door hearings, from victims of the detention, rendition, and torture.

General Ricardo Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission - VIDEO UPDATE

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Hidary

Last night, General Ricardo Sanchez, the former commander of all coalition forces in Iraq, became the first senior military officer from the Iraqi theater to call for a truth commission.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

This week, Barack Obama reiterated that he has "no interest in spending our time re-litigating the policies of the last eight years." He may have no interest, but Dick Cheney certainly does. And he's got nothing but time on his hands. Which means we will keep re-litigating those policies until we get to the bottom of things. But Obama and his administration needn't spend even a second of their time on this. Leave that to a bipartisan Truth Commission. Look at how much we found out this month, including the fact that waterboarding was used in an attempt to extract backup for Cheney's fantasy of an Iraq/al Qaeda connection, and imagine what revelations subpoena power would bring. Without a full accounting of the Bush administration's use of torture, there will never be closure. Only endless re-litigation.