Truth Commissions Versus Prosecutions: An African Perspective
SECURITY, RECONSTRUCTION, AND RECONCILIATION, Muna Ndulo, ed., University College London Press, 2007
13 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2010 Last revised: 1 Mar 2010
Date Written: January 13, 2010
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.
Keywords: Africa, reconciliation, prosecution
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