Special Pardons Supporting Documents

Posted on October 29, 2010. Filed under: Pardons |

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the release of the TRC report, and much work still remains in South Africa’s reconciliation process.

Last week, I posted a list of 149 convicted criminals recommended for special pardons – an announcement by the justice department indicated that individuals or parties wishing to make representations regarding these pardons should notify the Secretariat (PoliticalPardons@justice.gov.za) within 30 days.

A coalition of NGOs including the IJR, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Khulumani Support Group, International Centre for Transitional Justice, South African History Archives Trust, Human Rights Media Centre, and the Freedom of Expression Institute, has been working to ensure that this information is disseminated as widely as possible, and that victims have the opportunity to make representations should they wish to do so.

The coalition has prepared the following guide and templates for public use and distribution: Special Pardons Manual, Special Pardons – Letter of interest, Special Pardons – Victim’s letter.

Contact details of organisations able to provide further assistance and support are also include in the manual.

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