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From Cultural Justice to Inter-Ethnic Mediation: A Reflection on the Possibility of Ethno-Religious Mediation in Africa [Kindle Edition]

Basil Ugorji

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Resolving Ethno-Religious Conflicts Through Mediation

The struggle for cultural justice is not a question which proves to be problematic only in western countries where the claims of the “polyethnic” groups based on immigration and the “multinational” groups enter into conflict with dominant majorities. A reflection on African history and the events that occur today reveal that not only is there a real struggle for cultural justice in its various forms, but that, in addition, this struggle often leads to tribal violence and clashes, or even massacres, ethnic and religious wars, genocides. Inspired by ethno-religious conflicts which occur in a frequent, incessant and violent manner in the contemporary Nigerian society, Basil Ugorji, the author of this book, examines the relevance of certain measures, judicial and coercive, used to resolve ethno-religious conflicts in Africa. The thesis defended is that ethno-religious conflicts in Africa require a shift at the level of research for peaceful resolution: first, from retributive justice to restorative justice, and second, from coercive method to ethno-religious mediation. Based on the historical and political contexts (pre-colonialism, colonialism, post-independence), the author examines ethno-religious conflicts in Nigeria, with a focus on ethnic, tribal and religious groups involved in conflicts, the origins, causes, consequences, actors involved, forms and places of occurrence of ethno-religious conflicts. Finally, he conceives, develops and creates a peace education program.

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About the Author

Basil Ugorji is a graduate of the Université de Poitiers, France, where he received Master's Degrees in Mediation and Philosophy, specializing in multiculturalism, ethno-religious mediation, conflict analysis and prevention. Originally from Nigeria, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan. Throughout the course of his studies and professional experiences, Basil has focused on conflict analysis and resolution. He was a Research Scholar at the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR), California State University Sacramento, and has worked at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Presently, he works as a research officer in New York.

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  • File Size: 738 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (March 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MAZUGA
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Basil Ugorji is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM), a U.S. based 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity, nonprofit and non-governmental organization working to develop alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world. ICERM works with the State of New York residents and diaspora associations, national governments, judiciary, schools, community leaders, religious groups, peace advocates, media, local, regional and international organizations, etc. to foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects.

Basil's passion for ethnic and religious conflict resolution is based on the remarkable events in his life. At the age of 14, he was told that his uncle and aunt died as a result of inter-ethnic conflict which culminated in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war. As a young adult, he saw many dead bodies and severely wounded people in Africa, all victims of ethnic and religious violence. He also had the opportunity to listen to the devastating stories of survivors while he was a leader of a youth movement that involved both Muslims and Christians.

Basil's assessment of this social problem is that sustainable peace can only be achieved through the development and propagation of new ways of living together irrespective of ethnic or religious differences.

In order to help develop alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts, Basil studied Conflict Resolution at the University of Poitiers, France, where he received Master's Degrees in Mediation and Philosophy, specializing in multiculturalism, ethno-religious mediation, conflict analysis and prevention. Originally from Nigeria, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan.

Throughout the course of his studies and professional experiences, Basil has focused on conflict analysis and resolution. He was a Research Scholar at the California State University's Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, Sacramento, and later worked at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York.

Basil currently lives in New York with his wife and child.

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