Critical Assessments of the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Authored by: Dong-Choon Kim

Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415835138
eBook ISBN: 9780203740323
Adobe ISBN: 9781135009212


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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Korea (hereinafter “TRCK”) was established in 2005 on the Framework Act on Clearing up Past Incidents for Truth and Reconciliation (hereinafter “Framework Act”) passed by the South Korean National Assembly as an governmental body to investigate state violence occurred in Korea from 1910 until 1987, including massacres, suspicious deaths, injury or disappearance, politically fabricated trials, and the killings of unarmed civilians and political prisoners before and during the Korean War.1 The TRCK was a product of South Korea’s decades-long democratization movement and the liberal government it produced (Kim, Dong-Choon 2010).2

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