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Rwanda Justice

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Dina Temple-Raston reports on the Rwandan government's decision to allow many genocide cases to be heard by local tribunals, called gacaca. The traditional trials call for the witnesses and parties involved in the case to sit down and plead their cases before local elders, often in the villages where the suspect is accused of committing genocide. Some wonder if the elders can be fair, but others say it is the best way to bring justice to the more than 120,000 people accused of genocide now sitting in Rwandan jails.

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