n Conflict Trends - The place for amnesty in Zimbabwe's transitional justice process

Volume 2016, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Zimbabwe's transition to a peaceful nation remains a ta crossroads, as the government has failed to put in place viable transitional justice mechanisms. The southern African country experienced a series of conflict episodes before and after its independence in 1980, but there has never been a viable nationally adopted process that facilitates meaningful national healing, reconciliation and integration. Zimbabwe adopted a new constitution in 2013, providing for the establishment of a National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) that marks the government's interests to address past conflicts and maps a new path for peace building. Essentially, conversations and interventions on transitional justice, truth-telling, reconciliation, justice and restoration are already taking shape. However, within the current transitional justice discourse among civil society actors, the government and citizens, the notion of "amnesty" as part of the broad transition dialogue remains absent. This article therefore attempts to explore the place for amnesty in Zimbabwe's transitional justice process.

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