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Peace or Justice – Which should come first? November 11, 2008

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by Vera Quina

Both peace and justice are fundamental requirements for a long-lasting peace agreement destined to pacify a worn-torn country. However, in countries tormented by civil wars there is often a prioritization of peace, which is more easily defined and has short-term benefits, i.e end of the killing and suffering; thus, it is more obvious for society to first ask for it. Moreover, arguing for justice it is not as clear-cut (Whose and what justice?), making its case more difficult to defend, particularly when it is pursued at the expenses of continuing conflict (indictments of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army –LRA- and of President Bashir in Sudan). (more…)