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Do truth and reconciliation comissions bring lasting peace?

Africa HYS team | 11:38 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Ivory Coast is due to swear in its Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission, aimed at forging unity after the post election violence which left about 3,000 people dead and 500,000 displaced.

Didier Drogba and former Ivorian prime minister Charles Konan Banny (AFP)


The 11-member body includes religious leaders, regional representatives and Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba to speak for Ivorians living abroad.

The commission is modelled on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission but it is not clear if it will be issuing amnesties and pardons.

But do TRCs bring lasting peace? 

Does the process of talking about what happened help to heal the wounds or does it stir up emotions that are better left to die down naturally? 

Has your country had a TRC? If so, what did it achieve?

Perhaps you think such a process would help a situation in your country?

Which past conflicts in Africa might have benefitted from a truth commission?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 28 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.


  • Comment number 1.

    well done Ivory Coast.you have done a wonderful thing on earth for other countries to follow.Truth and reconciliation are the best examples.Countries like Uganda,Kenya,south Sudan and many others should follow this to done by ivory Coast.Drogba must show the Africans out there.They there not just for football making money but preaching the Truth and reconciliations.

  • Comment number 2.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]Truth and reconcilliation commisions on paper look good but sometimes do not achieve the required results. The TRC of post-jerry rawlings era turned out to be a stage comic acts. I hope the one in Ivory coast doesn't become a sequel to the Ghana version.mr tsibu

  • Comment number 3.

    I want to personally thank Didier Drogba for his leadership. I would like to see the commission address the issue of how we treat war casualties during conflicts in Africa. If we understand the importance of human dignity, I am sure we have the ability to as promptly as possible remove our dead from the streets before they rot away.

  • Comment number 4.

    If well representing,truth and recocilliation is very important and efficacious because there is no peace without justice.The principle of no victor no vanquish is a landmine in a calmed atmosphere. Nigeria embraced the principle of no victor no vanquish instead of truth and recociliation and that is one of the reasons the wound kept re-opening in Nigerian politics.

  • Comment number 5.

    I believe TRC is intended to heal the wounds of any nation irrespective of where; but my nation Liberia is not like that. Warlords here don't regret their pasts and wrong doings here. They were not even apologetic what a shame. We won't easily forgive them.

  • Comment number 6.

    Dialogue is always better than guns but then having said that, the pain endured can never be truly overcome. Peace!

  • Comment number 7.

    Not in Africa. We are very revengeful.

  • Comment number 8.

    I have stayed in Kenys for 14 years and even now see no agreement batween the parties. It is all tribalism sir. We in Kenya will have this and will live with this. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Comment number 9.

    TRC is not new in African Political culture because our for Fathers were settling Social issues on compromise based on Truth. The current Generation has failed the African People because they believe more in the Barrel of the Gun than Round Table discussion for settling issues. X Colonizers have played the Tribal Card for their benefit but it is time for Africa to wake up and revive TRC

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  • Comment number 11.

    Even the most skilful negotiators will only achieve a normalisation of relationships between the conflictual parties. This conflict is too deep than it looks in the eyes of ordinary analysts.

  • Comment number 12.

    I think its worth giving a try. Lets see how its goes and my prayer is that it works. cheers


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