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Monday, September 1

Report of political violence won't end the debate about responsibilities

A Cry for Justice Echoes in Peru: "More than 24 countries have created official truth commissions over the past two decades in hopes of explaining political strife -- panels described by Salomon Lerner, the president of Peru's commission, as 'not judicial bodies, but moral ones.' Many of them, like those in Guatemala, El Salvador and South Africa, have helped their societies understand their darkest moments, and take tentative steps to move on. " Washington Post This article puts Peru's Truth Commission Report in the context of broader international trends, both in Latin America and elsewhere. It's points to the probability that the report will not close the issue; it's more likely a beginning of looking at some of the darker sides of national reality.

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