Researchers and scholars from International Victimology Institute Tilburg based in Netherlands are on a week-long study tour in Rwanda.
The 17 scholars led by Dr. Usta Kaitesi, Principal of CASS are studying about Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Rwanda from 16th to 22nd March 2014.
The team along side the University of Rwanda College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) visited Ministry of Defence on 18 March 2014 to learn from the force’s peace building strategies.
They were briefed by Hon Gen James Kabarebe on the Role of RDF in Rwanda’s peace building and beyond.
The discussions were attended by Staff Officers at Defence Headquarters.
The move comes after Tilburg Law School and Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Tilburg University have launched an international and multidisciplinary research institute for Victimology— The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT).
Victimology, or the academic study of victims and victimization, is a relatively young branch of academic research. Its objective is to gain knowledge on victims of crime, abuse of power, and disasters.
Victimologists try to find out the underlying causes and why these people became victims.
Other topics include the rights of victims, the psychological effects of victimization, the help provided to victims, and the social reactions to victims.
Victimology also studies traffic accident victims, environmental criminality, and compensation for damage.