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Reconciliation and peace-building in post-genocide societies: A structured focused comparison in Rwanda and Cambodia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (Fred och utvecklings programmet)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Reconciliation and peace-building in post-genocide societies : A structured focused comparison in Rwanda and Cambodia (English)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to explore the effectiveness of reconciliation in post-genocide peace building. Peace activists believe that reconciliation is necessary after a post-war conflict to ensure regeneration and lasting peace. Past research has shown that there are successful and failed cases when implementing reconciliation mechanism, however there is a lack of understanding why some models of reconciliation have succeeded, while others have failed, an aspect that is not fully explored. Therefore this study aims to explore how reconciliation is approached and implemented across different contexts, Rwanda and Cambodia, so as to understand why it brings success or failure in these contexts. The results are analyzed with the help of John Paul Lederach’s four components for reconciliation, justice, truth, mercy and peace, and compared the generated results with the previous research. The main results show that reconciliation has failed in Cambodia and Rwanda. In accordance with John Paul Lederach’s theory, there is a hindrance towards reconciliation in Cambodia because of lack of Justice and Truth as the main concepts and is identified as a structural dimension. In the case of Rwanda, there is a lack of Mercy and Truth and is identified as a relational dimension.

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2019. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
Reconciliation, Cambodia, Rwanda, Sustainable reconciliation in divided societies.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-85226DiVA, id: diva2:1323843
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Peace and development
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Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-06-14 Created: 2019-06-12 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved

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