Truth Commissions Versus Prosecutions: An African Perspective
Drake University Law School
January 13, 2010
SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION, AND RECONCILIATION, Muna Ndulo, ed., University College London Press, 2007
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
Date posted: January 22, 2010 ; Last revised: March 1, 2010