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A Human Rights-Based Approach to Truth and Reconciliation

Lanvin, Nekane

This paper focuses on the work and experience of the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in promoting and assisting truth-seeking and reconciliation processes from a human rights perspective, in the context of transitional justice processes. It maps the normative and operational framework to engage in such processes from a human rights perspective, describes the development of an internationally recognized right to the truth for victims of gross violations of human rights, and presents examples of participation and truth-seeking mechanisms for the realization of the right to the truth, namely national consultations and truth commissions. Finally, it addresses the issue of how human-rights-based truth and reconciliation processes can complement justice processes and result in improvements in access to justice for Indigenous Peoples.


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Indigenous Peoples’ Access To Justice, Including Truth And Reconciliation Processes
Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

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Institute for the Study of Human Rights
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March 26, 2015


This is a chapter from "Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Justice, Including Truth and Reconciliation Processes". The entire volume is available in Academic Commons at