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No more taking sides
From NPR's Speaking of Faith:
Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they've decided to understand the other side — Israeli and Palestinian — by sharing their pain and their humanity. They tell of a gathering network of survivors who share their grief, their stories of loved ones, and their ideas for lasting peace. They don't want to be right; they want to be honest.
Sep 29, 2009 National Reconciliation
Why restorative justice?
In our Western culture, there is a tendency to automatically equate justice to punishment, but is it accurate to consider this notion universal? An even bigger question is, is this kind of definition for justice ultimately beneficial to communities affected by conflict?
AFJN believes that although people who use violence and warfare should be held accountable for their actions in order for justice to be achieved, justice is also locally defined and locally driven. Justice in the court does not result in justice in the community. How can we help bring about justice between individuals and groups once perceived as enemies? How do we help rebuild trust and relationships after pain and trauma? AFJN believes that restorative justice is an essential component to building peace, and this is why restorative justice is one of our focus campaigns.
Amy Biehl, South Africa and restorative justice
from the UAF news release:
Linda Biehl, co-founder and director of the Amy Biehl Foundation, will give a free lecture at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Wednesday, Sept. 16.
“Restorative Justice” is the topic of the speech. Biehl will talk about her daughter Amy Biehl, who was a Fulbright Scholar studying the role of women and gender rights during South Africa’s transition from its apartheid regime to a free multiracial democracy. Amy was killed in an act of political violence in South Africa in 1993....
Stepping toward restorative justice: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
In June 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized on behalf of the Canadian government to former students of Indian residential schools for “failing them so profoundly.” The apology, long sought from survivors, was only one part of the court-approved package that also included $1.9 billion in compensation distributed to living survivors.
Thousands of Aboriginals have come forward in recent years to speak about the mental, physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the schools that operated across the country. The purpose of the schools was to “kill the Indian in the child” and systematically destroy Aboriginal culture. Harper said the forced assimilation was “wrong, caused great harm and has no place in this country.”
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is the other piece of the package that aims to help heal the rift between oppressor and oppressed. The Commission will document survivors’ stories, hold seven national events and create a public archive. The Commission’s success will be measured by how much the rest of Canada participates....