n Acta Juridica - 'He must buy what he stole and then we forgive' : restorative justice in Rwanda and Sierra Leone : Part II - restorative justice, crime and (in)security in Africa
|Article Title||'He must buy what he stole and then we forgive' : restorative justice in Rwanda and Sierra Leone : Part II - restorative justice, crime and (in)security in Africa|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||171 - 192|
The emphasis on resolving disputes collectively through the interaction of victim, offender and members of their communities has a long history across Africa. Indeed it is still a dominant focus in justice structures outside of the formal state sector. And since most Africans use non-state justice systems, restorative justice is how most civil and criminal disputes are handled. The agencies using elements of the restorative approach include : customary courts, justice community-based organisations (CBOs), local government structures and work committees. All use restorative justice to varying degrees to resolve both minor and serious disputes within their governance contexts.
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