Rwanda: is justice complete?
Rwanda “gacaca” genocide courts finish their work according to this news report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18490348
But is their work finished? If victims, and the victims families, have not told their stories then more justice and healing is possible. Have all offenders been held accountable? Have offenders and victims/victims families been able to meet in some way? Gacaca justice is very much similar to restorative justice and its indigeous roots. What do some say who are Rwandans and others who have done restorative justice work there? We’ll seek their input. But the work is not complete–not by a long shot. The following is an interview I conducted with PFI’s Dan Van Ness about their work in Rwanda. It was first published by the UN publication “Freedom from Fear” through UNICRI.
RJI is working with one Rwandan who is seeking to do more to bring restorative justice to bear on Rwanda’s justice system, particularly its prison system. We welcome this request and are exploring ways to assist in whatever way we can. Support our work and let us know you are interested in helping. Healing and restoration of all injured is possible.