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Stefaans Coetzee is the face of restorative justice
from the article by Bobby Jordan in The Sunday Times: ....Today is no ordinary day for the 33-year-old who grew up in an orphanage in Winburg in the Free State. Head slightly bowed, he looks up at two imams who have finally been allowed to visit him at Pretoria Central Prison. Their two previous attempts failed. The imams are from Rustenburg, where some of their congregation were nearly blown up by two Wit Wolwe bombs outside their mosque. Now they want to ask Coetzee what it was all about.
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Building on the One Fund: Victim centered restorative justice for survivors of violent crime
from the entry by Noam Schimmel on Huffington Post: In an outpouring of support, millions of dollars have been raised to help support victims of the Boston marathon attacks and their families. To date, more than 32 million dollars have been raised from individuals, foundations, and corporations by The One Fund.... Victim centered restorative justice - such as that provided by the One Fund - seeks to provide maximal support and rehabilitation to victims of crime.
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Restorative encounters in terrorist victimization in Spain: Theoretical reflections and practical insights from social work
from the article by Alberto Jose Oladlde in Onati Socio-Legal Series: The humanist model, intimately connected with the so called healing paradigm, is a very useful model for restorative intervention, as it distances itself from conflict resolution models which seek to reach an agreement and foster a directive process. The healing paradigm is characterized, among others, by the following elements, care and non-judgemental acceptation of the humanity of hte person, the establishment of an emotional relationship and connection, the building up of confidence, the connection with the universal desire for welfare, heartfelt communication, action focussed on the wounds and the creation of a secure communicative environment for recovery:
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Restorative justice and victims of terrorism
from the executive summary of Ines Staiger's chapter in Assisting Victims of Terrorism: In Chapter 7, the potential of restorative justice for victims of terrorism is explored. Starting point for developing a restorative justice strategy in the context of terrorism are restorative justice principles and values. These form the basis of the framework for restorative justice at the micro-, meso- and macro-level. The perception of restorative justice is to understand crime first of all as harm done to people and communities. It implies an inherent concern for victims’ needs and their role in the criminal justice system and encourages offenders to understand the harm and the consequences of their behaviour. A further aim is that the offender accepts his responsibility and tries to repair the harm done to the victim. ....The chapter explores what can be learned from the applicability of restorative justice for cases of terrorism by reflecting on other forms of serious violent crime, including hate crime. For instance, research findings on victim–offender mediation in cases of serious violent crime reveal that the most decisive elements of an encounter between victim and offender are communication, the need for information, and the need to gain some sense of closure. The findings show that most of the victims experienced these meetings as powerful and healing.
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RJ Article Arrigo, Bruce A. Identity, International Terrorism, and Negotiating Peace: Hamas and Ethics-Based Considerations from Critical Restorative Justice.
This paper conceptually examines one specifi c case of international terrorism, including the emergence and maintenance of membership-allegiance in its militant extremist group. This is the case of the Islamic Resistance Movement (or Hamas) and the manifestation of its corresponding Palestinian identity. Although the social person is constituted by symbols and objects, acts and social acts, meanings, and role-taking and role-making, questions persist about how best to promote peaceful coexistence, advance the interests of non-violence and ensure the protection of basic human rights. These practices constitute an ethic grounded in Aristotelian virtue. The delineation of key principles emanating from critical restorative justice helps to specify this brand of moral reasoning. The integration of these principles with the proposed symbolic interactionist framework demonstrates how extremist violence can be mediated. Suggestive examples of the same involving Hamas and those with whom it struggles (Palestine, Israel and the United States) are used to guide the analysis. The proposed conceptual framework is then briefl y assessed for its overall explanatory capabilities, especially in relation to furthering terrorism studies. (author's abstract)
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