Restorative Justice

Prison Fellowship Rwanda not only believes that a crime is breaking the law but also its causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. Therefore, a just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing.

PFR supports offenders, victims, their families and communities together directly or indirectly affected by the crimes in order to affect reconciliation and restoration on a deep heart and practical level. The offenders and the victims are facilitated in the process of repentance and forgiveness whereby, based on the confessions of offenders and the willingness of the victims to meet and dialogue, PFR supports them in the process of meeting face to face to experience reconciliation and forgiveness. PFR also approaches genocide survivors in the process of healing wounds caused by genocide and prepare them for the reconciliation journey. After reaching out to both sides, PFR organizes face-to-face reconciliation meetings in prisons and communities whereby genocide convicts make public confessions, reveal the truth, and seek forgiveness before the victims and communities where they committed crimes. PFR supports Genocide perpetrators in the process of healing and repentance whereby we accompany them in the process of seeking for forgiveness in the presence of genocide survivors and their respective families. Restorative Justice helps perpetrators to provide the information regarding the whereabouts of the bodies of people killed during the genocide. In turn, Genocide survivors are able to know more about the killings of their beloved ones, those who killed them and where their bodies were thrown. For a just response to damages caused to the victims, offenders are encouraged to amend for the damages they caused. After bringing together all the parties, we encourage them to live in harmony and peace.