Traditions stem gunfire after 4,800 die in Enga, Papua New Guinea

September 30, 2012

After a period of warfare in Papua New Guinea, clan and church leaders restored peace effectively utilizing the traditional indigenous institutions known as “outdoor village courts.” These courts are sanctioned by the state. Crime has decreased as the village court magistrates focus on restitution, not punishment. Wiessner says the study shows that “using indigenous means of local conflict resolution may be better for a government like Papua New Guinea’s than imposing Western law.”

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