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Sur. Revista Internacional de Direitos Humanos

Print version ISSN 1806-6445On-line version ISSN 1983-3342


BOSIRE, Lydiah Kemunto. Overpromised, underdelivered: transitional justice in Sub-saharan Africa. Sur, Rev. int. direitos human. [online]. 2006, vol.3, n.5, pp.70-109. ISSN 1806-6445.

From Sierra Leone to South Africa, calls for prosecutions, truth seeking, reparations and institutional reform are increasingly common as countries seek to address human rights abuses. While transitional justice measures are thought to contribute towards ending impunity and advancing reconciliation, the effectiveness of such interventions are thought to depend largely on the capacity of state institutions at the administrative, judicial, and political and security level. In African countries, despite the realities of institutional deficiencies, poor governance, and poverty, transitional justice measures continue to be laden with high expectations. The paper looks at obstacles that have been encountered in a number of countries in Africa , in the hope of cultivating modest expectations.

Keywords : Transitional Justice; Truth Commissions; Reconciliation; Institutional Reform.

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