Symbolic Reparation Research Paper

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Introduction: Reparations and trial are two very different approaches to the aftermath of genocide. Reparations are forms of redress provided in the aftermath of a genocide, they can be symbolic or monetary. Symbolic reparations are often given to victims as a way to remember and acknowledge that a harm has been committed to them. Symbolic forms of reparations include apologies, restitution, memorials, museums, public commemoration etc. They don’t often possess material values to the victim but they are given as a way to acknowledge harm has been done and to apologize for it. Another form of reparation os the material reparation, which can be in form of monetary compensation, restitution and community resources. This form of reparation has more material value to the victims. Compared to trials and tribunals that focus on the perpetrators of the crime, reparations are more victim oriented and it focuses more on healing of the harm. They are designed to meet the need of the victims, for example, an individual disabled by the conflict can be given monetary compensation to make changes that can help them adapt to their environment with their disabilities. Also symbolic reparations like the human rights museum, memorials at mass graves and public apologies by the government for…show more content…
Trials and tribunals focus mostly on punishment and defining what should be considered or decided as genocide perpetration, but these actions do not reassure victims that it will not happen again neither those it give them a sense of closure. Symbolic reparations like apologies, memorials and museums help to educate people on the history of genocide and this prevents its reoccurrence (they will be able to identify and stop the process of genocide.). Also apologies give a sense of closure to the

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