Reference : What Justice for Rwanda? Gacaca versus Truth Commission?
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What Justice for Rwanda? Gacaca versus Truth Commission?
Reuchamps, Min mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de sciences politiques > Politologie >]
Working Papers in African Studies Series
African Studies Center
[en] Rwanda ; Gacaca ; Truth commission ; Transitional justice ; Retributive justice ; Restorative justice ; Genocide
[en] In post-genocide Rwanda, in addition to gacaca courts, a truth commission is needed in order to promote justice and foster reconciliation. In the context of transitional justice, retributive justice, which seeks justice and focuses on the perpetrators, appears to be inadequate to lead a society towards reconciliation. Therefore, some forms of restorative justice, which emphasize the healing of the whole society, seem necessary. In Rwanda, gacaca courts and a truth commission are complementary. The former can bring justice, the latter can seek the truth; both crucial ingredients of a peaceful future for Rwandans. The essay opens with the discussion of the nature of the genocide and the responses to post-genocide Rwanda’s crisis. The second and third parts present the existent gacaca system and a theoretical framework for a truth commission. The combination of both approaches in view of the double goal of justice and reconciliation concludes this paper.
Unité de politologie générale
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS ; Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.)
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