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1 What is the potential of truth commissions in helping people and communities recover from mass systematic violence What are the potential problems or limitations of truth commissions with respect to this goal Address this set of questions by drawing on the work of three of the following authors Wole Soyinka Michael Ignatieff Aryeh Neier Edwidge Danticat Primo Levi The Memory of the Offense Roger Cohen or Gerald Prunier in conversation with Fergal Keane Your answer should include an explanation of what truth commissions are and how they have varied in different places and times I decided to cite the works of Aryeh Neier Primo Levi and Roger Cohen Each author revealed different aspects of truth commissions their potentials and limitations in assisting the victims and communities recover from mass systematic violences In Levis The Memory of Offense light is shed on the methodical human memory of the victims and victors themselves when it acts as a buffer against revealing the truthsof violences bestowed upon them In the case of Neiers Rethinking Truth Justice and Guilt after Bosnia and Rwanda truth commissions were severely limited due to their inability to attain documentary evidence to indict the violators of human rights and furthermore the impossibility to obtain custody and to bring to court many of the principal defendents Lastly Cohens Hearts Grown Brutal Sagas of Sarajevo exploit in detail a governments deceiving propagandas and operational containment from the outside world The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by but often they change or even grow by incorporating extraneous featuresLevip23 One of the major setbacks truth commissions face is recalling the memories of extreme experiences whether they be the sufferers or the inflictors Those that suffer from trauma as well as the inflictors themselves refuse to recall the incidents because they are too painful or disturbing A person who
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