Source: (2010) African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies. 4(1): 55-86.
The lack of peace in most post-colonial African nation-states
is tied to unresolved political asymmetry among peoples with
contending narratives of origins and power relations. The
Justice system bequeathed to these states at their â€˜flagâ€™
independence has been unsuitable for evolving a justice
continuum that can ameliorate the asymmetry and
consequent conflicts. However, Restorative Justice appears
to hold promises and inspirations for affected nation-states.
Nevertheless, this article contends that a perceived hyperromanticisation
of Restorative Justiceâ€™s promises must be
tempered with critical realism about its ambiguities.
Nigeriaâ€™s Restorative Justice experiment, â€œHuman Rights
Violation Investigation Commissionâ€, serves as point of
reference. (Author’s abstract).
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