Source: (2007) Penal Reform International.
This report focuses on community service, a sentence issued by the Gacaca Courts which can replace up to half of the prison sentence for those perpetrators of genocide who voluntarily confessed to their actions. Community service is intended to be an opportunity for the perpetrators to provide practical help and assistance to the victims and their families, thus encouraging reconciliation and peaceful cohabitation amongst the two groups. Drawing on extensive field research and testimony from all those involved in community service in Rwanda, this report highlights the successes but also several areas of increasing concern surrounding this innovative tool of reconciliation. (publisher’s abstract)
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