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Restorative interventions for postwar nations.

Stauffer, Carl
June 4, 2015

Source: (2013) in, Katherine S. van Wormer and Lorenn Walkers, eds, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications. Los Angeles: Sage. PP. 195-204.

Transitional justice, which relies on the concepts of restorative justice, involves a range of approaches that nations employ to address past human rights violations. These approaches include trials and prosecution, truth commissions, lustration or vetting, reparations, reintegration of ex-combatants and war-affected populations, and institutional reform. Transitional justice objectives are truth-telling at all levels; giving voice to victims (public platforms that “bear witness” to atrocities); ensuring accountability (perpetrator acknowledgement and responsibility); providing victim and survivor restitution and reparations; and advocating for institutional reforms for the prevention of future violence. In this chapter, the restorative values and practices of three African nations are examined to evaluate the restorative influence of transitional justice. (excerpt)


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