Diritto alla verità

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts” 

 “Credo profondamente nelle persone. Se sono a conoscenza della verità, il nostro paese può affrontare qualsiasi crisi. Si tratta di dare loro i fatti reali”

Abraham Lincoln

HRW demands Egypt to ensure Right to Truth for victims of police and military abuse. President Mohamed Morsy should mark the second anniversary of Egypt’s January 25, 2011 uprising by publishing and acting upon the findings of a fact-finding committee on accountability for security force abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee reported to him in December 2012. 24 January 2013

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a third party intervention before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Janowiec v. Russia. The case—a highly controversial one—involves the infamous Katyn Massacre of 1940, when Stalin ordered the murder of more than 21,000 POWs and other Poles detained after the Soviet invasion of Poland. 18 January 2013


Extraordinary rendition gets to Strasbourg: a right to the truth. El Masri v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Grand Chamber of ECtHR, 13 December 2012. In a hard-hitting judgement, the judges of the Grand chamber found Macedonia (FYROM) responsible for the extraordinary rendition of Mr El-Masri, a German national. by the CIA to Afghanistan. 31 December 2012


Nepal’s ten-year-long armed conflict between the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and state security forces saw violations of international human rights law and serious breaches of international humanitarian law. The human cost of the conflict was stunning: some 13,000 people were killed, thousands more tortured and displaced, and about 1,300 persons remain missing or disappeared. 18 December 2013

Al-Jazeera-LogoAl Jazeera. Kenya’s truth commission must act now to salvage credibility. Kenya’s truth commission could have made a valuable contribution to its future by honouring victims of past violence. The findings of Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) were due to be released in August of this year, providing citizens with a comprehensive report that establishes the facts, causes and alleged perpetrators of serious crimes in Kenya since its independence, almost 50 years ago. To date, Kenyans are still waiting to learn the truth. 15 December 2012

courtMacedonia should not have transferred custody of a German man to CIA agents who tortured him secretly for five months, the European Court of Human Rights ruled. Seventeen judges agreed unanimously in the landmark decision, which is the first to push back against the extraordinary rendition program implemented by President George W. Bush. 14 December 2012


Andriani Palma says she feels cheated for every one of the 22 years she wasn’t told her husband was killed during fighting in the summer of 1974 that split tiny Cyprus along ethnic lines. 29 November 2012


Open Society FoundationsA still hidden history of brutality: the Right to Truth in Guatemala. The right to truth is the right of victims and the broader society to know the truth about what happened in cases of gross violations of human rights or serious breaches of international humanitarian law. The Inter-American Court has recognized the right to truth as arising from the rights to an effective remedy (Articles 8 and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights) and the right to information (Article 13). While the right to truth exists in all such situations, it carries a special importance during a democratic transition or following state-sanctioned repression. 22 August 2012

Open letter by Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), to the President and Parliament of Indonesia: ensure access to justice for the 1965-66 abuses and effective remedies for victims.
8 August 2012

ICTJ Program Report: Interview with Paul Seils, Vice President of the International Centre for Transitional Justice. Seils: “In Brazil, we are working very hard in an interesting dynamic with the development of the truth commission. We’ve already provided detailed technical advice on issues around the mandate and the initial planning. It is very encouraging to see Brazil adopt such a mechanism, and uphold the victims’ right to truth. We think that can have a massive influence on Brazil’s role as a significant contributor to transitional justice and as a model for other countries to adopt.”
1 August 2012

Amnesty International calls on Secretary Hilary Clinton to seek direct answers and push Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister for action on past and continued abuses. 17 May 2012

Statement by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the International day for the Right to the Truth, the 24th of March.
22 Marzo 2012


Human rights groups welcome Spanish court’s decision to acquit Judge Baltasar Garzón and call on Spain to secure effectively the right to truth, justice, and reparation for the victims of the Crimes committed during the Civil War and the Franco regime.
28 February 2012

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has sued California’s Department of Public Health over abuse investigation files. 23 February 2012

Venezuelan National Assembly passes law against forgetting for victims of Fourth Republic. 21 October 2011



Truth Commission for Ecuador’s investigation into Human Rights abuses. The Truth Commission of Ecuador presented its investigation into the country’s human rights abuses on October 29, 2010 before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), referring to Ecuador’s past as an “environment of excess and fear,” while painting a glowing forecast for a “New Era of Ecuador.” The 2,500-page report cited 835 acts of human rights abuse between 1984 and 2008, involving 456 victims. The 25-month investigation found 165 instances of torture, 68 executions, 17 disappearances and 269 arbitrary detentions, said Cristhian Bahamonde, the executive secretary for the Truth Commission.
2 November 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron apologizes for the killings in Derry on 30 January 1972, the day known as “Bloody Sunday“.
15 June 2010



Statement by Tara E. Foley heading the Delegation of the United States of America at the UN Human Rights Council, convened in Geneva for the 13th Session.
9 March 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologises to Australia’s indigenous peoples. 13 February 2008



UN resolutions on the right to the truth 

Ecosoc E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/20Rev.1
2 October 1997

Ecosoc E/CN.4/2005/102/Add.1
8 February 2005

Ecosoc E/CN.4/2006/91
8 February 2006

General Assembly Resolution 61/177
12 January 2007

Human Rights Council A/HRC/5/7
7 June 2007

Human Rights Council A/HRC/9/L.23
19 September 2008

Human Rights Council A/HRC/12/19
21 August 2009

Human Rights Council Resolution 14/7
23 June 2010

Annual Report UN High Commissioner Human Rights GE.10-15173
28 July 2012

Human Rights Council Resolution 9/11
September 2011

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