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Published on Jul 15, 2017

HOW TO GET INCLUSIVE JUSTICE? – Regardless of cultural background, gender or sexual preference; People must feel protected by the legal system. This not only means that everyone is equal to the law on paper, but also that there is no single cultural norm dominating. During this HagueTalks, we hear from special speakers how they work for a more inclusive legal system, both internationally and nationally.

According to Ruth Murambadoro, the international legal system is anything but inclusive. The system therefore has limited value for people who have faced injustice during liberation struggles in Africa. She calls for more openness to alternative, local justice systems and wonders how somebodies socio-cultural environment contribute to the facets of justice aspired.

Ruth Murambadoro is a Peace and Conflict Scholar based at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), South Africa, where she is completing her doctoral studies with the University of Pretoria. She also serves as a board member of the African Studies Association (ASA) and holds doctoral fellowships of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) New York and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS-CODESRIA). Her scholarly work has been published in the Strategic Review for Southern Africa, the African Journal on Conflict Resolution and OSSREA among others.

Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980 through British-led mediation talks. Many Zimbabweans had anticipated that the new government would offer redress to the many victims of the liberation struggle who had suffered horrendous atrocities at the hands of both the Smith regime and the liberation movements. Instead, the newly elected Prime Minister Cde Robert Mugabe chose to ‘let bygones be bygones,’ a proclamation that has cost the citizens a critical moment to do kuenzanisa zvakaringana. This dreadful misgiving gave birth to pseudo-justice, but now, three decades later the skeletons of the past can no longer remain silenced.

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