To what extent did the truth commissions aid the process of national reconciliation in Guatemala?

Wynn, Rebecca (2014) To what extent did the truth commissions aid the process of national reconciliation in Guatemala? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    There is little doubt that a large number of literary works and research have been devoted to the study of the Guatemalan Civil War. Whilst, I intend to add to this subject area, a different approach will be taken, by researching the period following the official conclusion of the war, which has been somewhat neglected by researchers. The overall focus will be an in-depth analysis of the truth commissions and their contribution to national reconciliation within Guatemala.
    The project itself is split into sections, the first being an analysis of the two separate truth commissions undertaken: the REHMI Report and the Historical Clarification Commission. Secondly, the impact of these reports and the extent to which the proposed recommendations have been implemented will be mentioned. Thirdly, an evaluation of truth, justice and the tensions between these two concepts, are discussed in terms of the contribution to national reconciliation. The final section includes the conclusions drawn from the research.
    The majority of the research is based on the truth commissions themselves and works written by other authors who have investigated the subject. The time period of the study ranges from the official conclusion of the Civil War until more or less present day, as I intend to show that national reconciliation has not been completely achieved and that Guatemala remains a country struggling to come to terms with a tragic past.
    The concept of unachieved reconciliation is linked with the recognition of truth and the search for justice. This project intends to question whether truth in itself is enough to aid reconciliation, or whether formal trials provide more justice for the victims and therefore enhance the possibilities for national reconciliation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:18
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16116

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