African countries have a wealth of experience in implementing truth commissions and adapting them to their national contexts, spanning several decades. As noted in the 2019 African Union Transitional Justice Policy, truth commissions are an indicative element of transitional justice. They are “legal bodies established to examine and address violations and abuses. They also serve to establish a full historical record of such violations, including the various experiences of different groups such as women, children and youth, the identity of the victims and perpetrators, as well as the role of various State and non-State institutions, and to provide for measures of reconciliation and healing.”

For each truth commission, when available, this database includes the commission’s mandate, method and year of establishment, period active and final report. It also includes the conflict period as defined in the mandate and the peace agreement that gave rise to the commission. The database was updated in 2023.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Map

National Reconciliation and Reform Commission

The Reform and National Reconciliation Commission, created by the 2014 Transitional Charter, was established with the intent to investigate the causes of human rights violations in Burkina Faso and to recommend institutional as well as social measures to reconcile communities. The role of the commission was to propose reforms in democratic, economic, cultural and social governance, including a new constitution. The commission had subcommittees in charge of: political and constitutional reforms; electoral reforms; media reforms; truth, justice and reconciliation; public finances; and protection of public assets.


Conflict Period


Final Report Peace Agreement

2015, by legislation