A purely cultural perception of records and archives is one-sided and
incomplete. Records and archival documents are necessary to confirm the
rights and the obligations of both the government and the citizens. "The
records are crucial to hold us accountable", says archbishop D. Tutu, former
president of the South African 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission'. For
this reason, the government should organize the archives in such a way that
archival services can fulfil their task as guardians of society's memorie.
Citizens' rights and archives have a close relationship.