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International Approaches to Crime Punishment

The questions concerning appropriate courses of action to reconstruct a viable polity in the aftermath of events that have included genocide or other forms of mass atrocity comprise one of the most perplexing dilemmas of the contemporary era. In dealing with past crimes, what remedies will best foster a healing process for the deep societal wounds inflicted by civil wars, mass uprisings, or other government policies? Considering the nature of atrocities during the late 20th and early 21st centuries in areas such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Syria, what course of action will promote a general opinion that justice has been served in ways that establish a clear break with the past? Strategies ...

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