Kenya: Invests in Restorative Justice to Compensate Victims of Violence
RJI is encouraged to see the actions of Kenya and its president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta choosing to invest in restorative justice. Financial compensation is not the only thing victims of violence seek but restitution helps. A fund of Sh 10 billion ($109 m) will be created for the victims of the 2007/2008 post-election violence. The challenge will be to assure that crime victims receive the monies committed in an equitable fashion. RJI also encourages the use of direct victim offender dialogue when possible.
Restorative justice that is victims-driven seeks to hold offenders accountable while emphasizing the need to restore, as much as possible, crime victims and communities also injured by crime and violence. Restorative Justice International’s work includes affiliate members in Africa where there is great support for restorative justice as a vision for systemic justice reform.
This is Lisa Rea for Restorative Justice International.