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					Forgiveness in Rwanda
           An Experiment
        Gacaca: Court on the grass
• 85% of the population has participated in
  Gacaca in their town.
• Process of the Gacaca:
  -Released from prison because of a
  confession.
  -Former inmates have to attend a re-
     education course in “civic
     reconciliation.”
                      Gacaca
“They taught us how to conduct ourselves around the
families of those who had suffered—to behave humbly,
to appear timid in confrontations, to avoid provocation
when facing distraught survivors. To avoid as well the
disorders of AIDS and suchlike illnesses. To learn how to
bake bricks for grieving widows or abandoned
children…They drummed in the lesson: Remain calm
with a guilty spouse, be peaceable with your neighbor,
patient with those who are traumatized, obedient with
the authorities. And don’t delay in getting to work on
clearing your overgrown fields.”
- (The Antelope’s Strategy page 13).
                    Gacaca
• 7 judges are elected from the local population.
• One Judge reads the accusation.
• The accused then confess and tell the details of
  the story.
• Then, witnesses are asked to come forward and
  tell what they know.
• After that, the judges decide what the penalty
  will be:
  -more time in prison
  -restitution (building houses, growing crops)
      Problems with the Gacaca
-12,035 courts in existence

-Witnesses are often intimidated and/or killed

-Many feel that the penalties are not severe
enough and that the killers are not confessing
fully.
          Forgiveness Program
• Perpetrators are encouraged to approach
  their victims, confess to their crimes, and ask
  for forgiveness.
• Then, they work to provide restitution for
  their victims.

				
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