The peace process in Sierra Leone: an analysis on marriages between culture and crime

Gustavo Bussmann Ferreira

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In the context where universalism and cultural relativism shall coexist and there is a necessity to address societies by recognizing their multicultural features, it is of a great importance to examine how the perception of the world regarding a particular community may cause an impact on human rights. Victims of atrocities, who are without basic guarantees and transformed in some kind of homini sacri, must be recognized and protected to enable them to reconcile with their past and to restore themselves in post-conflict societies. The present work will analyze the Special Court for Sierra Leone which established limits to cultural practices such as forced marriages and arranged marriages – the first, a new kind of crime against humanity. Departing from these considerations, we aim to acknowledge how international law is important to promote multicultural respect alongside an affirmative jurisprudence of human rights, respecting them in its essence and presumed diversity. Moreover, how inclusiveness is a key issue to peace and how constitucionalism and democracy are essential matters to provide this recognition of humanity in each one.

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MULTICULTURALISM – FORCED MARRIAGE –CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY – HUMAN RIGHTS - INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5102/rdi.v13i1.3976

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