Igreja, Victor (2013) Mozambique. In: Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 305-311. ISBN 978-113904318-2

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The civil war of 1976–1992 pitted the ruling communist party, Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frente de Libertação de Moçambique, FRELIMO), against the rebel movement, Mozambican National Resistance (Resistência Nacional Moçambicana, RENAMO). As, after the conflict, the two belligerent parties opted to reject accountability through transitional justice, the FRELIMO government unconditionally amnestied crimes committed during the civil war. However, survivors living in central Mozambique, the epicentre of the strife, claimed that civil war–related spirits compelled them to revisit the past in community courts in order to settle accounts with their former torturers. These popular experiences produced meaningful transitional justice processes that undermined attempts by the central Mozambican government to sustain a culture of impunity for civil war crimes.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 04:35
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: War violence; Peace and Reconciliation; Transitional Justice; Mozambique
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139043182

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