‘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 (Special Issue)). pp. 149-175. ISSN 1891-8131


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.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 06:08
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: transitional justice; civil war; gamba spirits; Gorongosa; human rights; local 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: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28303

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