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Re-Thinking Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone and Liberia

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Post-conflict reconstruction and the quest for democracy are often accompanied by civil unrest, political instability, corruption and grave violations of international human rights measures. Although it may have worked well in theory, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy can take years to formalize in practice. A successful re-establishment of the rule of law and the pursuit of justice can help renew civic trust and rebuild state institutions. Some human rights advocates claim that a stable political order will not follow without the possibility of justice and government accountability. However, post-conflict reconstruction is an extensive process riddled with complexities and varied depending on national context, history, and local culture difference. Transitional justice measures in Sierra Leone and Liberia demonstrate the need for a re-thinking of the very structures of transitional justice and socio-political reconstitution. The negative short and long-term impacts of current transitional justice mechanisms, such as prosecutions and truth commissions, convey the necessity for theoretical and practical re-evaluation.
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Bird, Annie., Farasat, Warisha. and Hammad, Lubna. "Re-Thinking Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone and Liberia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, TBA, Berlin, Germany, Jul 25, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p181803_index.html>

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Bird, A. , Farasat, W. and Hammad, L. A. , 2007-07-25 "Re-Thinking Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone and Liberia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, TBA, Berlin, Germany <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p181803_index.html

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Abstract: Post-conflict reconstruction and the quest for democracy are often accompanied by civil unrest, political instability, corruption and grave violations of international human rights measures. Although it may have worked well in theory, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy can take years to formalize in practice. A successful re-establishment of the rule of law and the pursuit of justice can help renew civic trust and rebuild state institutions. Some human rights advocates claim that a stable political order will not follow without the possibility of justice and government accountability. However, post-conflict reconstruction is an extensive process riddled with complexities and varied depending on national context, history, and local culture difference. Transitional justice measures in Sierra Leone and Liberia demonstrate the need for a re-thinking of the very structures of transitional justice and socio-political reconstitution. The negative short and long-term impacts of current transitional justice mechanisms, such as prosecutions and truth commissions, convey the necessity for theoretical and practical re-evaluation.

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