International Justice

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TRC in Thailand

Our class has discussed the intricacies of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions this past week, and in our last class we touched on the role of victims in these processes.  This article deals with a TRC that is set up in Thailand and is entitled “Just Who is the reconciliation process supposed to serve?” I thought the name of the article was particularly interesting because of the purpose of a TRC is to discover knowledge, and does not always benefit the victims of crimes. The reconciliation process of TRC’s is probably the most emotionally difficult aspect because of the amnesty provisions that could be involved.

In this story, the relative of one of the victims is frustrated because of the governments efforts to speed up the reconciliation process for what she suspects are political motives rather than a genuine push for national reconciliation.  In my opinion the hardest part about TRC’s is trying to find the right balance between the rights of victims to know the truth, and the reconciliation.  Sometimes the emotions and feelings of those who have suffered are overlooked for the sake of speeding up the reconciliation process.


One response to “TRC in Thailand

  1. Alana Tiemessen April 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    What a great case to illustrate how reconciliation mean different things in different contexts. In the Thailand case it seems that reconciliation is both a multi-faceted and multi-stage, sequential process involving both retributive and restorative justice elements. Politics seems to infused with the amnesty provisions – threatening perceptions of a genuine reconciliation.

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