The Principle of Integral Reconciliation: Beyond Political Arrangements in Rwanda

Ganza, Jean Baptiste G. (2009) The Principle of Integral Reconciliation: Beyond Political Arrangements in Rwanda. Licentiate thesis, The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

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In response to the consequences of the Tutsi genocide, the government of Rwanda initiated a process of social reconciliation in the year 2002. A tradition-inspired judicial system, Gacaca, was then created and assigned the specific mission of addressing the conflicts left by this tragedy. Rwandans have since invested a lot of money and energy in this process, which bears the hope of bringing justice for the victims and achieving reconciliation between them and the perpetrators. Despite criticism and suspicion, Gacaca has reached some satisfactory results both on the political and social levels.However, the government's politically motivated actions through Gacaca must not be considered as the end of the process, but as political arrangements which provide a solid ground to the edifice of reconciliation still to be built. Gacaca, like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (T.R.C) in South Africa, has a limited life. There is, therefore, a need to turn our eyes beyond the horizons this institution has opened. My concern in this thesis is to find ways to help the reconciliation process in Rwanda be as complete, lasting, and inclusive as possible.

Item Type: Thesis (Licentiate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Principle of integral reconciliation, building a community of sufferers, need for a theology of reconciliation, from silence to a theology of reconciliation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: JHI Africa
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 12:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2015 12:01

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