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United Nations: Declaration of Basic Principles of Restorative Justice

Sometimes it is good to go back to the basics. RJI shares the following link to provide you with just one resolution which came from the United Nations on the use of restorative justice. The link provided is the 2002 United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters (The Economic and Social Council). Other documents from the United Nations also focused on restorative justice were produced in 2005 (Costa Rica), 2007 (Nairobi), and 2009 (Liberia). Each document produced focused on restorative justice or truth and reconciliation processes, a form of restorative justice.
RJI starts with the basic principles as presented in 2002. Restorative justice has grown tremendously worldwide since 2002 showing 1) the great interest in the principles of restorative justice and 2) the great need to apply restorative justice to justice systems globally. The work of restorative justice has grown, however, in ways that guide its future  always with the purpose of improving our response to crime and conflict to bring about increased victim satisfaction, safer communities while holding offenders accountable.

1 Comment
  • Agnes Furey
    February 9, 2016

    I agree, awareness and acceptance of restorative justice has grown in much of the world. In some places in the U S the resistance of the institutions remains solidly in place.

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