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TitleChild Soldiers and Restorative Justice [electronic resource] : Participatory Action Research in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo / by Jean Chrysostome K. Kiyala
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2019
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Descript XXXIV, 518 p. 41 illus., 29 illus. in color. online resource


This book investigates how, while children used as soldiers are primarily perceived as victims of offences against international law, they also commit war atrocities. In the aftermath of armed conflict, the mainstream justice system targets warlords internationally, armed groups and militias’ commanders who abduct and enrol children as combatants, leaving child perpetrators not being held accountable for their alleged gross human rights violations. Attempts to prosecute child soldiers through the mainstream justice system have resulted in child rights abuses. Where no accountability measures have been taken, demobilised young soldiers have experienced rejection, and eventually, some have returned to soldiering. This research provides evidence of the potential of restorative justice peacemaking circles and locally-based jurisprudence – specifically the Baraza - to hold former child soldiers accountable and facilitate their reintegration into society


1. Introduction -- 2. General Introduction on the Decmocratic Republic of Congo -- 3. Child Soldierung Global Perspectives and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 4. Reintegrating and Healing Child Soldiers -- 5. Child Protection and Accountability -- 6. Restorative Justice in Theory -- 7. An Integrative Approach to Child Soldiering Accountability -- 8. Transitional Justice from an African Perspective -- 9. Research Design and Methodology -- 10. Diagnosing the Problem: Perspectives from the Field -- 11. Accountability and Reintegration of Child Soldiers via Baraza -- 12. Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles and Child Soldiering -- 13. Preventing Child Soldiering -- 14. Conclusion and Recommendation -- Bibliography -- Appendices -- On Durban University of Technology -- On the International Centre of Nonviolence -- On the Author -- Index.

Political science Criminology Consciousness Political Science. Criminology and Criminal Justice general. Personality and Social Psychology. International Humanitarian Law Law of Armed Conflict.


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