‘Does the truth pass across the fire without burning?’ Locating the short circuit in Rwanda's Gacaca courts*

@article{Ingelaere2009DoesTT,
  title={‘Does the truth pass across the fire without burning?’ Locating the short circuit in Rwanda's Gacaca courts*},
  author={Bert Ingelaere},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={47},
  pages={507 - 528}
}
  • Bert Ingelaere
  • Published 12 November 2009
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
ABSTRACT The modernised tradition of the Gacaca courts has become the key mechanism for dealing with the past in Rwanda. The process needs to establish accountability for all acts of genocide and to foster reconciliation. Nevertheless, popular narratives and survey results reveal that a widespread ‘crisis’ accompanied the initial stages of the Gacaca process. We argue that a problematic quest for the truth is short-circuiting reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. Truth-telling is the… 
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