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Rwanda's Gacaca CourtsBetween Retribution and Reparation$
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Paul Christoph Bornkamm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694471.001.0001

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Transitional Justice Through Reparation

Transitional Justice Through Reparation

(p.119) 4. Transitional Justice Through Reparation
Rwanda's Gacaca Courts


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The issue of reparation for the violation of individual rights appeared on the agenda of the UN human rights bodies some twenty years ago. Since then, it has been closely linked to the field of transitional justice, and many publications on the issue deal with reparation in the specific context of a period of political transition. This chapter deals with the right to reparation under international law and its implementation in Rwanda. The chapter is organized as follows. First, is gives a general overview on Rwanda's reparation policy. Second, it examines the different forms of reparation and their implementation in post-genocide Rwanda. The two final sections address the question of who is entitled to reparation under international law and who is liable to pay reparation. An attempt is made to draw conclusions from Rwanda's state practice regarding the development of the law.

Keywords:   reparation for human rights violations, international law, Rwanda, reparation policy, transitional justice

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