Africa: The Limits and Possibilities of Transitional Justice

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Central Africa
Eastern Africa
Central African Republic
Congo (Kinshasa)

In considering the wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Darfur, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the use of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, this paper seeks to accomplish two tasks. The first task is descriptive: to give an overview of the manner in which the International Criminal Court (ICC) has responded to SGBV in the three countries. The second task is a modest attempt to analyze why SGBV continues to be inadequately addressed. Here, the paper considers the practical challenges that are inherent in transitional justice as a tool, particularly in its preference of some harms and narratives over others.

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The Limits and Possibilities of Transitional Justice, 2008