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Can There be Peace without Justice?

2010 May 3
by sfcg

By Sydney Smith

Walls of Balkh from

 Earlier this year Afghanistan’s National Stability and Reconciliation Law effectively granted amnesty to warlords and other armed factions for all acts of violence committed in the era of war before the fall of the Taliban. But for many it is a reconciliation in name only, empty of forgiveness and unable to erase the hurt and trauma of years of bloodshed. It’s supporters argue that prosecuting perpetrators of war crimes and human rights violations would risk civil war. Others say, letting them go unpunished in the eyes of their victims,  however, may only continue the cycle of retribution. 

Read Anna Badkhen’s article in Foreign Policy Magazine about the repercussions of this reconciliation.

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