Truth Commission Legitimacy and Human Rights

  • Angela D. Nichols
Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)


This chapter is the first empirical chapter and a global test of my theory. I examine theoretically and statistically the impact that truth commissions with legitimacy characteristics have on respect for human rights. I find that truth commissions mandated to investigate broad human rights abuses respect human rights at a rate about 30% higher than countries with truth commissions designated to investigate specific abuses only. Additionally, truth commissions created by a new regime, which I argue are seen as more fair following conflict and/or repression by signaling a shift from the past, are associated with a greater respect for human rights compared to truth commissions created by the same regime that ruled during the trauma/conflict or those created by institutions outside the state apparatus. These and other findings are discussed in this chapter.


Truth commission Human rights Legitimacy Personal integrity rights 


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  • Angela D. Nichols
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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