Responsibility and accountability for human rights abuse – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa by Marina Carman
In her new book, Marina Carman debates the concepts and theory of responsibility and
accountability for human rights abuse in a South African social, political and moral context. She centres much of her book on the role of South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and how they have fallen short of specifically and directly defining key theoretical concepts of responsibility or accountability. However, the author puts forward a strong argument that it is possible to draw out that the TRC has implied an approach that stresses that individual accountability stretches further to encompass a collective responsibility in a broader social context. Carman
argues that these collectives and/or individuals should not just accept responsibility but
hold themselves accountable by being active players and contributors to forthcoming change.
A thought provoking read which makes the reader realize that the TRC’s work is valuable, yet doesn’t seem capable of pleasing all – especially those that expect impractical hopes to be fulfilled in such short timeframes.