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.
Special Issue: "Drivers of Justice"
Skaar, Elin and Astri Suhrke
Also in this volume:
- Drivers of Justice after Violent Conflict: An Introduction
Skaar, Elin and Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm
- Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL): Impartial or Imposed International Justice?
Knudsen, Are John, Sari Hanafi
Irregular Migration or Human Trafficking? The Realities of Cross-border Population Mobility in Western Sudan
Abdelmageed M. Yahya
Constituting Transitions: Predicting Unpredictability
Christine Bell, Robert Forster
International Law and Transitional Governance Critical Perspectives
Everyday humanitarian diplomacy: Experiences from border areas
Cristina Churruca Muguruza
Independence or Front Lines: Securing Southern Representation in Yemen's Peace Talks
Babylon: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier
War in resource-rich northern Mozambique – Six scenarios
Francisco Almeida dos Santos
'Here Men Are Becoming Women and Women Men'. Gender, Class and Space in Maputo, Mozambique
Inge Tvedten, Arlindo Uate and Lizete Mangueleze
Social Im/mobilities in Africa. Ehnographic Approaches
Political Corruption in Africa. Extraction and Power Preservation
Inge Amundsen (ed.)
Urban Matters: Mozambique case study shows that poverty is about much more than income
Sam Jones and Inge Tvedten
Impacts of school closures on children in developing countries: Can we learn something from the past?
Legal pluralism and fragmented sovereignties: legality and illegality in Latin America
The Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America