How truth commissions promote accountability: an assessment of the 1994 Zonal Commissions of Inquiry in Sri Lanka

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This article examines how truth commissions (TCs) contribute to promoting accountability, and argues TCs generate two horizontal accountability relationships. First, TCs hold state agencies accountable. Second, recommendations made by TCs can generate a relationship of horizontal accountability between the governing regime and the state agencies towards which the recommendations are directed. Next, I present the case of the 1994 Zonal Commissions in Sri Lanka, and to assess their contribution to accountability, I compare the evidence collected against evaluative criteria. The results show that while the commissions produced answerability, recommendations compiled in the final report were not implemented. The findings show long-term effectiveness of TCs may depend on senior officers within the state apparatus in addition to political leaders.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)169
Número de páginas193
PublicaciónAsian Journal of Peacebuilding
Volumen5
N.º2
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 30 nov 2017

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