Hearing on "Truth Commissions"

PACE’s Political Affairs Committee held a hearing in Paris on 13 September 2007 on “Truth Commissions”. The hearing, held in the framework of the preparation of a report on “The use of experiences of Truth Commissions”, gathered some leading international experts in this field, including Priscilla Hayner, Director of the Geneva office of the International Center for Transitional Justice, Francesca Pizzutelli of Amnesty International and Professor Lyal Sunga, Director of Research at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden.

The committee also heard the testimony of Driss El-Yazami, who was a member of the Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Morocco and is now in charge of implementing its recommendations, and discussed the possibilities of using such an experience for contributing to justice and reconciliation in the Chechen Republic with Mr Abdulla Istamulov, President of “SK Strategy” at the Centre for Strategic Studies and Promotion of Civil Society in the North Caucasus, Grozny, Russian Federation.