"A conflict does not rot": state and civil society responses to civil war offences in Mozambique

Igreja, Victor and Skaar, Elin (2013) "A conflict does not rot": state and civil society responses to civil war offences in Mozambique. Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 31 2: 149-175.

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Author Igreja, Victor
Skaar, Elin
Title "A conflict does not rot": state and civil society responses to civil war offences in Mozambique
Journal name Nordic Journal of Human Rights   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1891-8131
1891-814X
Publication date 2013-06-12
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 149
End page 175
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oslo, Norway
Publisher Universitetsforlaget
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract This article analyses how state and non-state actors have tried to address the human rights violations and war crimes committed during the civil war in Mozambique (1976–92). While the political elite opted for amnesty laws, and urban civil society organisations remained largely on the side-lines, in rural areas, war survivors and the post-war generations have been actively engaged in dealing with the violent past through practices commonly referred to as local justice and healing. This analysis is based on parliamentary debates, interviews with state and non-state agents, and longitudinal field data from the rural areas of Gorongosa. It argues that while the state failed to institute accountability practices for wartime human rights violations, the ongoing vitality of local cultural practices of justice and healing have been crucial to attain accountability for certain serious wartime violations.
Keyword Civil war
Gamba spirits
Gorongosa
Human rights
Local justice
Mozambique
Transitional justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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