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CJRC Team Addresses Real World Issues in Justice in the Global South

As part of Crime and Justice Research Centre’s (CJRC) strategic goal of engagement with  the global south, a team from the Centre visited the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea last week, to engage members of the government in training workshops. Over a five day period, CJRC staff engaged over thirty government ministers and their staff in a series of policy development modules, with a core focus on justice issues which are impacting the islands of Bougainville.

Most Australian’s will know of Bougainville for the civil war which raged on the Island between 1988-1998 and claimed over 15,000 lives, being the Pacific’s most brutal conflict since the Second World War. ‘The Conflict’, as it is known on the Island, has resulted in significant trauma and a range of justice issues, including a legacy of  delinquency and gendered violence.  However, the region has been mostly peaceful in recent years and is seeking to redevelop its economy through activities such as tourism in the lead-up to a referendum on full autonomy in 2019. Significant reforms have been made with regard to criminal justice processes in the region in recent years, including several community and restorative justice initiatives, which have proven successful in addressing crime. Following from this, The Minister of Justice and a number of justice practitioners in the region have been invited to attend and present at the CJRC Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South Conference in July this year.

Picture from left: Ms Marin Curtis, Mark Lauchs, John Scott, Wayne Delaforce (QUT) with Robert Tapi, Clerk of the Autonomous Bougainville Government House of Representatives.

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