Informal Justice as Restorative Justice

Restorative justice approaches, which are rooted in indigenous societies such as the Maori of New Zealand, focus on reparation as well as on the needs of the injured and restoration of positive social relations. Victims, offenders and often other members of the community are actively involved in a process of mediation. The Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Programs in Criminal Matters of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) encompass a framework of rules within which restorative justice can function in line with international human rights standards. The concept of restorative justice and particularly the UN Principles form the starting point for a series of consultations of the Hamida Barmaki Organization and the Max Planck Foundation that aim at finding a way to bridge the gap between the state justice system and tribal councils (Shuras/Jirgas). Human rights activists and other civil society actors, state officials and tribal elders are actively involved in the project. The project partners endeavor to ensure that minimal standards of human rights protection are the basis of any future policy or law on that matter.

Timeframe: 1 January 2014–31 December 2014 (extension planned)

Place/s: Kabul

Donor/s: Embassy of the French Republic