Week in Review: From Kinshasa to Damascus, a troubled search for transitional justice

Week in Review: From Kinshasa to Damascus, a troubled search for transitional justice

Ephrem Rugiririza, JusticeInfo.Net
26.09.16 Ephrem Rugiririza, JusticeInfo.Net

The tension and violence that marked this week show that the search for transitional justice across the world is difficult. This is despite efforts in some places not only to try suspected criminals but also to make current and future generations more aware of the dangers of rejecting others and hence sparking deadly conflicts. First to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a large neighbour to Rwanda, which is still trying some...

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Week in Review: From Kinshasa to Damascus, a troubled search for transitional justice
Week in Review: From Kinshasa to Damascus, a troubled search for transitional justice
26.09.16
Ephrem Rugiririza, JusticeInfo.Net

The tension and violence that marked this week show that the search for transitional justice across the world is difficult. This is despite efforts in some places not only to try suspected criminals but also to make current and future generations more aware of the dangers of rejecting others and hence sparking deadly conflicts. First to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a large neighbour to Rwanda, which is still trying some suspected perpetrators of the 1994 genocide transferred by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or...

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26.09.16
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For Karam al-Masri, AFP's reporter, photographer and videojournalist in rebel-held Aleppo, the past five years have been a series of tragedies: detention by the regime, and then the Islamic State group, the death of his parents in an air strike, the siege of his hometown, hunger and bombardment.  Though it all, he has continued to report, with unwavering courage, the story of his ravaged city. This is his story:  Before the revolution in Syria began in 2011, my life was very simple. I was a law student at Aleppo University. But today,...

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