Indigenous peoples live at a precarious intersection between unresolved historic injustices and the incursion of industry and political violence. Their communities are among those most affected by contemporary conflict. But when societies decide to confront the legacies of war, tyranny, or entrenched injustice, the experiences of indigenous people are often marginalized.

There is a growing trend to remedy this, however. Some truth commissions, such as in Peru, Guatemala, and Paraguay, addressed cases of violence against indigenous peoples in their work. Other emerging or current commissions–Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nepal–are mandated to investigate the contexts of similar abuse.

To further this trend, ICTJ has published a handbook offering guidance on planning truth commissions and commissions of inquiry that safeguard the interests of indigenous communities and address violations against them…

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