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Internally displaced people in Colombia: Victims in permanent transition

by Dan Van Ness 

I have just received a copy of a research study on the peace negotiations in Colombia: Internally displaced people in Colombia: Victims in permanent transition: Ethical and political dilemmas of reparative justice in the midst of internal armed conflict by Sandro Jiménez Ocampo, et al.

From 2004 to 2007, the Colombian Government conducted peace negotiations with paramilitary groups. One of the issues negotiated had to do with the claims of people who had been killed or forcibly displace from their land, lands that were held by the combatants when the negotiations began.

Forced displacement and deaths continued during the course of the negotiations, creating new claims. While reparation to victims was supposed to be a prominent outcome to the negotiations, the difficulties of negotiating peace in the course of a violent conflict together with the absence of the victims of displacement from the negotiation meant that there were claims of serious inadequacies with the results. 

Jan 28, 2010 , , , , , , ,

New study concludes that victim awareness programme works

by Dan Van Ness

The Sycamore Tree Programme (STP), a victim awareness programme delivered by Prison  Fellowship England and Wales since 1998, produces "significant positive attitudinal changes" in prisoners, making it less likely that they will commit crimes in the future. This is the finding of a new study that evaluated before and after questionnaires completed by 5,007 programme participants over the past three years.

Oct 14, 2009 , , , ,

Treasures: Victims Voice, Safe Justice and Lemonade

by Dan Van Ness

I just came across several treasures that will be extremely useful to people who have been, who love, or who work with crime victims.

The first is the website of Victims' Voice, a Canadian NGO sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee and whose purpose is "to address the revictimization of victims in the criminal justice system, to create understanding about victims among practitioners who work within the system and to give emotional and informational support directly to victims through victim-centered programs."

The website has a number of resources that can be downloaded. And it contains links to two more sites, also sponsored by Victims' Voice.

Sep 14, 2009 , , , ,

Justice and mercy

by Dan Van Ness

The compassionate release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of participation in the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, has generated a great deal of discussion. And well it might; 270 people died when the plane crashed (259 passengers and 11 residents of Lockerbie). Al-Megrahi was the only person convicted of the terrorist attack.

Aug 24, 2009 , , , ,

Theory of trouble

by Dan Van Ness

The very interesting website Restorative Resources has this great quote from the organization's director:

"If, by the time a student has graduated high school, they have not gotten into significant trouble at least three times and found a positive way to resolve it each time, I suggest that their education is incomplete."

--Amos Clifford

As the father of a recent high school graduate, I'm not sure that I would have wished for my son to get into significant trouble three out of the four years he was there, but I get Clifford's point.

Jul 24, 2009 , , , ,

Dan Van Ness: New Hampshire legislature adopts important new victim rights bills

The New Hampshire legislature has created a victim’s right to access to restorative justice programs, provided for compensation to victims of costs related to that participation, and ensured that these are not restricted to victims whose position on sentencing is the same as the prosecutors’.

Jun 16, 2009 , , , ,

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