Discuss the Rwanda Reconciliation Process
Discuss the Rwanda Reconciliation Process. There are numerous clips on Youtube about Rwandan history, the 1994 genocide and the various post-genocide justice and reconciliation initiatives including gacaca, the ICTR and the NURC. Here are some links for suggested viewing for those of you would like more background before the class, or to follow up afterwards. I suggest you choose one or perhaps two mechanisms to focus on analysing – either the ICTR, gacaca or NURC – rather than trying to analyse them all and their contribution to reconciliation. Or you might choose to focus on one theme, such as the relationship between reconciliation and justice in Rwanda, or between reconciliation and memorialisation in Rwanda. You might, for example, choose two methods, if you narrow your theme to, say the connections between justice and reconciliation. And then you could perhaps compare and contrast the ICTR and gacaca and how they each contributed to reconciliation looking at the types of justice they involved, and/or other aspects of how they were designed an implemented. Or you could focus just on gacaca, and analyse its contribution to reconciliation. Or you could focus just on memorialisation, including the commemorations and memorials, and the perceived tensions with justice and reconciliation, as you suggest. As I’ve mentioned in response to other students’ proposed topics, you should show in your assessment of the past reconciliation processes that you know about the whole range of what has been done, but focus on one or two aspects as suggested, in order to narrow the scope of your paper. Then, after applying theories and models of reconciliation to critically assessing whatever part of the reconciliation process you’re focusing on, you would then need to apply these theories and models to suggestions of how that process could be improved or an alternative approach that could contribute further to reconciliation and conflict transformation.
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