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FENICC Justice & Reconciliation Manual

"Encounters with local faith-based leaders have enriched my
appreciation of their position. Faith-based leaders and communities have an important role to play."

--Mr. Bruno Cathala, Registrar of the International Criminal Court

Religions for Peace hosted an experts’ meeting, “African Faith Based Communities Advancing Justice and Reconciliation in Relation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).” This manual is the tangible outcome to this convening.

The manual, which will also be translated in French, explains the ICC mandate and mission within the broader context of justice and reconciliation to ensure that religious practitioners decide to support the complementary role of the ICC.  This also promotes relationships among religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and the ICC.  In this way the ICC will help to deliver justice and hope for the future.

The Manual addresses these questions and also contains two sets of workshop modules:

Justice and reconciliation need their proper time and place in African societies in transition.  How does criminal justice, especially as delivered by the ICC, fit into this? What is the mandate of this new criminal world court and how does it work? What role can religious leaders and faith-based groups play to advance justice and reconciliation, especially in relation to the ICC?

The manual was launched in Kampala, Uganda, in April,  2006, hosted by the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU). In July, 2006, Religions for Peace with the World Council of Churches on behalf of FENICC, launched the manual and conducted a training in Liberia with members of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia.