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Reconciliation in Bougainville: Civil war, peacekeeping and restorative justice.

Reddy, Peter Damien
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Contemporary Justice Review. 11(2):117-130.

Restorative approaches to criminal behaviour can have wide application, extending even to peacekeeping operations and rebuilding post-conflict societies. One example is reconciliation in post-civil-war Bougainville, a province of Papua New Guinea. The international intervention there was organised and implemented with societal reconciliation as one of its prime aims and it is shown here, through description of peacemaking ceremonies, that reconciliation in Bougainville is an exemplar of restorative justice. The design and composition of the multinational force is outlined, and the article is infused with interviews from peacekeepers and local Bougainvilleans – the people whose peace ‘was being kept’. This particular case shows that a more restoratively focused peace operation can have valuable lessons for international interventions generally. (autor’s abstract)


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