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Restorative justice in the Cambodian community: Challenges and possibilities in practice.

Pen Khek Chear
June 4, 2015

Source: (2011) Boston University School of Social Work.

This paper discusses justice and restorative justice among Cambodians in Cambodia and transnational Cambodian Americans. There is an overview of social roles, social order and Cambodian Buddhism. It is important to understand these aspects of Cambodian culture in order to understand the relational ideals among Cambodians. For example, there is an important distinction between instituted religion and civil religion in the Cambodian community and thus aspects to justice. There is then contextualization of the principles and practices of restorative justice and the social and cultural values of Cambodians. This is
explained in three sections dedicated to the stakeholder units of community, victims and offenders. Lastly, it should be noted that in this paper the “Cambodian community” refers to Cambodia and transnational Cambodian communities. (excerpt)


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