Source: (2003) Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Downloaded 5 May 2003.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has just published a handbook for policy makers and practitioners addressing reconciliation and reconstruction in the aftermath of societal conflict. It explores three dimensions of reconciliation: the context in which it must occur, the people needing reconciliation, and the instruments that can bring it about. Understanding the context requires understanding of the legacy of the past, how the transition to a post-conflict society took place, in addition to the immediate post-conflict context. The people involved in reconciliation are victims and offenders, and sometimes those roles are interchangeable. The tools of reconciliation include healing, justice, truth-telling, and reparation.

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