Event Date: Thursday February 28, 2008
Time: 7:15 P.M.
Location: Pound Hall 200, Harvard Law School

Free admission, pizza and drinks.

Confronting the Truth shows how countries that have experienced massive human rights violations created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions. Since 1983, truth commissions have been established in over 20 countries, in all parts of the world. Confronting the Truth documents the work of truth commissions in South Africa, Peru, East Timor and Morocco. The film recommends governmental, societal and legal reforms to address the pain of the past, to safeguard human rights and due process, and to ensure that the horror will not be repeated.

Jeremy Sarkin is Visiting Professor of International Human Rights at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He is the Senior Professor of Law (1990-present) and Deputy Dean (2000-2002) at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1988. Professor Sarkin served as acting judge in the Cape High Court from 2002-2003 and was national chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of South Africa from 1994-1998. He assisted the South African, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. Sarkin’s recent books in the field of transitional justice are Reconciliation in Transitional Societies (2007) and Carrots and Sticks: The TRC and the South African Amnesty Process (2004).

Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Fletcher School, Tufts University, will facilitate a discussion after the film.

Runtime: 73 minutes

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