By Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton
With their wealthy traditions of clash answer and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands supply a fertile atmosphere for constructing new techniques to crime and clash. Interactions among formal justice platforms and casual equipment of dispute solution comprise valuable insights for coverage makers and others attracted to socially attuned resolutions to the issues of order which are chanced on more and more within the Pacific Islands as in different places. individuals to this quantity comprise Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea together with Bougainville, in addition to outsiders with a longstanding curiosity within the zone. they arrive from a number of backgrounds and contain felony justice practitioners, students, conventional leaders and group activists. The chapters care for clash in quite a few contexts, from interpersonal disputes inside of groups to large-scale conflicts among groups. it is a e-book not just of reports but in addition of sensible types that mix diversified traditions in inventive methods and that supply the possibility of creating extra sustainable resolutions to crime and clash.
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Extra info for A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands
Garap, Sarah 2000. ‘Struggles of Women and Girls — Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea’ Papua New Guinea Department of Attorney General 1999 Dinnen, Sinclair 2001b Jourdan, Christine 1995. ‘Master Liu’ Veramu, Joseph C 1994. Moving Through the Streets Mitchell, Jean 2000. ‘Violence as Continuity: Violence as Rupture — Narratives from an Urban Settlement in Vanuatu’. pp 201–203 Braithwaite, John 1989. Crime, Shame and Reintegration Recommendations of the National Stakeholders Summit on Juvenile Justice, Port Vila, 30th March 2001 — Draft Version.
Arkwright’s reminder of the centrality of Christian beliefs in the daily lives of Solomon islanders is salutary and helps explain another important source of the appeal of restorative justice in the Pacific islands. Restorative strategies resonate with elements of both traditional and Christian values, two major sources of contemporary Melanesian morality. The convergence between these belief systems and restorative justice is evident in many of the other contributions and notably those from post-conflict Bougainville.
Rather, the form of restoration of victims, of offenders and of communities that count are those found to be important in such a restorative justice process. Beyond the process conception, there is also a values conception of restorative justice. The key value is that because injustice hurts, justice should heal. Responding to pain with ‘another spoonful of pain’1 is seen as a less satisfactory response than responding with healing or repair. A reason is that hurt tends to beget hurt, creating a vicious spiral of retribution and feuding.