The recommendations made by truth commissions in their reports may arguably have bearings on how societies heal and develop after military rule or armed internal conflict – intersecting and overlapping with good governance and development concerns. Yet, we know very little about whether, how, why, and which recommendations are in fact implemented – or not – and with what short-term and long-term effects. This panel invites participants to take stock of the implementation record of Latin American truth commissions from the early 1980s until today – and to bring in comparative perspectives from other parts of the world. We explore different typologies for classifying truth commission recommendations, as well as a methodology for how to collect and analyse data on this under-researched phenomenon.

Elin Skaar

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Rights and Legal Institutions