9783319900704 hardcover alkaline paper 3319900706 hardcover alkaline paper
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.--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 477-494) and index.
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1. Introduction 2. General introduction on the Decmocratic Republic of Congo 3. Child soldiering 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 Durban University of Technology International Centre of Nonviolence About the Author Index