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We Need Restorative Justice

2005-11-25 11:31:05
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The chairman of the Northern Region Peace Advisory Council, Father Thaddeus Kuusah, has stated that the search for true reconciliation depends on “restorative justice and not legal justice”.
He explained that advocacy for legal justice would not give the nation the needed peace, since it would amount to what he termed, “a winner-loser affair”.

He emphasised that in sustainable peace building, it was not always prudent to rely on the legal system alone, since it had the tendency of leaving some parties in a dispute aggrieved.

He made the observation at the launch of a 21-page final report on the summary and synthesis of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) in Tamale.

Father Kuusah further stressed that restorative justice would enhance the creation of a common platform for both parties in a conflict situation to come to a compromise, thereby ensuring a win-win affair and sustainable peace.

He observed that healing,true reconciliation, forgiveness, mercy and truth were the underlining factors in the search for true peace.

He therefore, called on the people of the region to help build sustainable peace and true reconciliation in the area.

The Programme Officer of CDD-Ghana, Mr Abdul Wahab Musah, said the final report of the NRC was made public in March 2005 by government, following the release of a White Paper on it.

According to him,the CDD-Ghana and the Civil Society Coalition on the NRC had been meeting to strategise ways of popularising the report to make it more accessible to the ordinary Ghanaian.

“The release of the report in its simplest form will not only enable the public to do a thorough review and scrutiny of the report, but will also make it possible for human rights groups to study the report and to make preparations for the necessary public education campaign,” Mr Musah pointed out.

He disclosed that the CDD-Ghana had summarised the report into local languages such as Dagbani, Ewe, Akan and Ga with the aim of distributing it widely to inform the public adequately.

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