Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict

TitleTraditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleLearning from African Experiences
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsAlie, JAD, Dias-Lambranca, B, Huyse, L, Igreja, V, Ingelaere, B, Naniwe-Kaburahe, A, Latigo, JO, Salter, M
Number of Pages204 pp.
PublisherInternational Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
Accession Number1510

In some circumstances traditional mechanisms can complement conventional judicial systems and provide the potential for promoting justice, reconciliation and a culture of democracy. This book is both a general knowledge resource and a practitioner's guide. It is aimed at both national bodies seeking to employ traditional justice mechanisms, as well as external agencies supporting such processes. Each case study and the conclusions have clear recommendations for how traditional justice mechanisms can be implemented.
Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences is based on the findings of a comparative study examining the role played by traditional justice mechanisms in dealing with the legacy of violent conflict in Africa. It focuses on five countries - Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda - that are used as the basis for outlining conclusions and options for future policy development in the related areas of post-conflict reconstruction, democracy building and development. The report cautions against unrealistic expectations of traditional structures and offers a sober, evidence-based assessment of both the strengths and the weaknesses of traditional conflict management mechanisms within the broader framework of post-conflict social reconstruction efforts.Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. Introduction: tradition-based approaches in peacemaking, transitional justice and reconciliation policies - Luc Huyse
Chapter 2. The Gacaca Courts in Rwanda - Bert Ingelaere
Chapter 3. Restorative justice and the role of magamba spirits in post-civil war Gorongosa, central Mozambique - Victor Igreja and Beatrice Dias-Lambranca
Chapter 4. Northern Uganda: tradition-based practices in the Acholi region - James Ojera Latigo
Chapter 5. Reconciliation and traditional justice: tradition-based practices of the Kpaa Mende in Sierra Leone - Joe A.D. Alie
Chapter 6. The institution of bashingantahe in Burundi - Assumpta Naniwe-Kaburahe
Chapter 7. Conclusions and recommendations - Luc Huyse

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