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Pakrac, Croatia: an example of innovative restorative practices during an armed conflict.

Peuraca, Branka
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary.pp. 103-108.

During and after the four-year war in Croatia in the early 1990s, restorative practices were introduced and applied in the communities that were affected by physical destruction and by the complex and long-term consequences of division and mistrust between different ethnic and social groups. The lessons learned in those communities have shown that a space and opportunity for a restorative approach can be found regardless of the complexity and destructiveness of the conflict and regardless of the lack of funding and political will at local and national levels. Therefore, there are no excuses for delaying actions aiming at building a basis for restorative processes, such as enabling people to understand the conflict and behaviour in conflict situations; helping them to improve their communication skills and, when possible, acting as an intermediary; or identifying strong and independent-minded individuals and empowering them through training, networking and continuous support. (excerpt)


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