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Truth Commissions Versus Prosecutions: An African Perspective


Mark Kende


Drake University Law School

January 13, 2010

SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION, AND RECONCILIATION, Muna Ndulo, ed., University College London Press, 2007

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This short paper is one chapter in a book that addresses the difficulties rebuilding the political, legal, and other structures in societies ravaged by conflict. In particular, this paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of African nations using prosecutions or restorative approaches to address past wrongs. The paper focuses on South Africa Rwanda and Sierra Leone. The paper concludes that while each country's situation differs dramatically, reconciliatory approaches may be preferable. It also argues that any prosecutions should be based on deterrence, and not retribution.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Africa, reconciliation, prosecution

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Date posted: January 22, 2010 ; Last revised: March 1, 2010

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Kende, Mark, Truth Commissions Versus Prosecutions: An African Perspective (January 13, 2010). SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION, AND RECONCILIATION, Muna Ndulo, ed., University College London Press, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1536288 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1536288

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