Truth commissions, as national or regional institutions, are increasingly being mentioned in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia as models to help all three countries deal with the mass abuses committed in the Nineties.
This is where truth commissions can fill the void. Such institutions, appropriately set up and mandated, can establish the historical record of abuses, investigate causes and consequences and assign blame.
Truth commissions help also to bring about the mass social transformation that is needed to ensure there is no future repetition of the abuses.
Alone and separately, neither trials nor the truth commissions can satisfy victims' quest for justice. It is only together that they stand a chance.
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