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Truth and reconciliation in Servia

Nikolic-Ristanovic, Vesna
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In, Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft editors, “Handbook of Restorative Justice” A Global Perspective. London and New York: Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group pp.369-384

However in spite of such obvious obstacles and difficulties, since 2000 civil society has undertaken a number of truth and reconciliation activities in Serbia. Looking at these initiatives together, and in connection with state initiatives together, and in connection with state initiatives, the socio-historical and current political (internal and international) context, seems to be a good way to assess their potential for producing an appropriate restorative justice model for healing the wounds of the past. Thus, the main aim of this chapter is to review and analyze these activities and initiatives and to evaluate the truth and reconciliation process in Serbia in terms of its importance for healing both individuals and the society as a whole, and thus, for breaking these cycle of violence and preventing future victimization in the former Yugoslavia. My aim as well is to suggest, on the basis of up-to-date developments in Serbia and experiences in other countries, a possible restorative justice model in Serbia. Bearing that in mind, this chapter is structured in a way which enables me to present both the truth and reconciliation initiatives as well as the characteristics of the historical, social and political contexts in which they developed. (excerpt)


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