TRCGThe Renaissance Communications Group (Roswell, GA)
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Nonetheless, truth commissions are potent transitional mechanisms that are critical to societies who want to Took back in order to go forward' and I summarise by outlining the successes and failures of the TRCG as a truth commission experiment.
The TRCG was founded on 4 September 2001 in accordance with the Commission of Inquiry Act.
To paraphrase, the specific terms of reference stipulate that the findings of the TRCG are not binding or judgmental in a judicial sense; it is a legal structure that is to act as a fact-finding and advisory body.
To provide the nation with an opportunity to become genuinely reconciled and be permanently healed (later the TRCG calls for permanent healing and permanent reconciliation);
Speaking on the TRCG then Attorney General Raymond Anthony argued that the "process is meant to clear the soul and get to the truth".
In an uncharacteristic confession on the first few pages of the Report, the TRCG admits that "during its extensive and intensive inquiry, it unearthed little more knowledge of the truth of facts and events pertaining to the periods under inquiry than that which was already known".
The South African TRC, from which the TRCG draws its lineage and inspiration, investigated happenings from 1960 to 1994, thirty-four years, compared to the fifteen years being looked at by the TRCG.
Drawing from the lessons of more than forty truth commissions, we see that the most successful ones (under more political duress than the TRCG encountered) have had to be brave and defiant in the face of political difficulty.
Amnesty provisions are neither necessary nor sufficient conditions for successful truth commissions, so its absence is not convincing enough to account for the failure of the TRCG.
The TRCG argues that many Grenadians have decided to use amnesia to erase the painful and traumatic experiences and therefore it would be difficult to ask them to re-open old wounds.
If one has truly reconciled differences rather than suppressed them, then speaking of the past will not be as disruptive as the TRCG contends.
The most egregious misstep of the TRCG and many South African-inspired truth commissions is that they confuse the enunciation of a desire for reconciliation with the actual achievement of it.