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A critical analysis of the transitional justice measures incorporated by Rwandan Gacaca and their effectiveness.

Herrmann, Judith
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) James Cook University Law Review. 19:90-112.

There is also suggestion that an effective form of reparations for genocide
survivors would have assisted in meeting their basic needs and would have
demonstrated recognition of victims, ultimately assisting the peace and reconciliation
process. A more comprehensive institutional reform would have been
necessary to support both victims and perpetrators to overcome their concerns
and to actively participate in gacaca, enabling the recovery of truth and ultimately
reconciliation. The gacaca system has achieved a great deal of positive
change in Rwandan society since the atrocities of 1994. But it appears that
there were opportunities for improvement to assist Rwanda in moving towards
a reconciled, more democratic society that is free from the often cited culture
of impunity. (excerpt)


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