Source: (2006) Justice Connections: a joint publication of NAFCM, PRASI and VOMA. 1(Summer):15-16.

One of the fastest ways to make a people weak, so that they can be ruled over, is to steal their conflicts. This is often one of the first steps of a colonial government, which usually takes control of conflicts through criminalizing harms. A new perspective takes over when harms are made into crimes. Traditionally, when someone harms another person, there has been a community process to address both the symptoms and the roots of what has happened. This has meant “making things right” not just with the victim but also with the wider family and community surrounding both the harmed and the harmer. (excerpt)

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