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African Human Rights Law Journal

On-line version ISSN 1996-2096
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KOKO, Sadiki. The tensions between power sharing, justice and human rights in Africa's 'post-violence' societies: Rwanda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Afr. hum. rights law j. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.2, pp.254-280. ISSN 1996-2096.

In recent years, power sharing has been used in Africa as a strategy to ensure national unity and social cohesion in a context of extreme ethnic polarisation (Rwanda), as a peace-making tool designed to end a stalemated civil war (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and a mechanism to overcome a situation of inter-community violence and socio-political instability created by the mishandling of an electoral process (Kenya). This article argues that power sharing as a result of a stale-mated civil war and a mishandled electoral process tends to undermine the pursuit of justice and the protection and promotion of human rights; and power sharing in the context of a civil war that ended in a military victory is usually unbalanced and promotes victors' justice.

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