The Hong Kong Archives Society together with HKUSpace is pleased to present the following free public seminar on 4 June 2011:
The Role of Archives in Strengthening Democracy
When a country emerges from conflict, citizens demand that perpetrators be held accountable for past violations of human rights; that the governmental system be reformed to prevent a future recurrence of past repressive practices; that the truth be told about what really happened, both in personal terms (such as learning the fate of a loved one) and in terms of how the society came to be what it was; and that reparation be made for the moral and material loses suffered during the period of oppression. Archives are essential to meet these demands, and in this lecture Trudy Peterson will discuss examples of using archives for accountability in countries around the world.
Speaker: Trudy Peterson, a former Acting Archivist of the United States, is presently the chair of the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council on Archives. She advised the police archives in Guatemala, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, among others. Her books “Final Acts: Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions” and “Temporary Courts, Permanent Records” were published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Date & Time: 4 June 2011, 10am - 12 noon
Venue: Room 204, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong
More information and registration here.