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Peace not served by Justice. Justice not served by Peace

21 Jul

“The African Union requests the UN security council … to defer the process initiated by the ICC, taking into account the need to ensure that the ongoing peace efforts are not jeopardised, as well as the fact that in the current circumstances a prosecution may not be in the interests of victims and justice,” the AU council said.
(source)

What a conundrum when justice – the prosecution of a crimes against humanity – is not conducive to peace, even for those who the crimes have been perpetrated against. Spending years diplomatizing our way out of a situations such as this does nothing to prevent them from occurring again , and again.

The question which rises at this point in time is, does peace preclude justice and if so is there really ever justice?

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