In November 1995, Nelson Mandela, then president of South Africa, selected Archbishop Tutu to serve as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The purpose of the commission was to investigate and collect testimony on human rights violations and other crimes during the period from 1960 through 1994 and to consider amnesty for those who confessed their participation in atrocities. In June 1996, Tutu retired from his positions as archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican church in South Africa so that he could devote himself to his role on the commission. For more than two years he presided over the testimony from hundreds of perpetrators and victims of apartheid-era violence. The commission issued its final report in October 1998. Tutu wrote of the insights he gained from his work on the commission in No Future Without Forgiveness (1999).
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