International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

    Kigali demands Archives as Rwanda Tribunal Closes
    01.12.15
    JusticeInfo.net

    The Rwandan government repeated its demand Tuesday that the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) be transferred to Rwanda. This came at an official closing ceremony of the Tribunal, which is charged with trying those most responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  The real end of the ICTR’s work will come on December 14, when its Appeals Chamber is due to hand down a decision in the last case. This case, known as “Butare”, involves six individuals including former minister for women and family affairs Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the only woman prosecuted by the...

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    Eight Genocide Suspects still “At Large” as Rwanda Tribunal Closes
    30.11.15
    JusticeInfo.net

    As the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) closes its doors this December, eight of the 93 people it indicted are still on the run, including rich businessman Félicien Kabuga, whom the Prosecutor presents as the financier of the 1994 genocide. The Office of the ICTR Prosecutor has often said Kabuga was hiding in Kenya, just six hours by road from the seat of the Tribunal in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Other sources believe, however, that this man born in 1935 in the mountains of Byumba, northern Rwanda, is dead. Kabuga is accused, among other things, of importing the machetes...

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    Rwanda Tribunal Shows “Impunity is Not an Option"
    30.11.15
    JusticeInfo.net

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) was in the forefront of NGOs pushing for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which  officially closes its doors on December 1. Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, international justice advocacy director at HRW, told JusticeInfo.Net in an exclusive interview the Tribunal has made an “extraordinary” contribution to fighting impunity, but has fulfilled only part of its mandate. JusticeInfo.Net: What is the ICTR’s legacy to humanity after its 20 years of work?  Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner: The UN Security Council’s creation of the ICTR in 1994 – and of the...

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    RWANDA EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL STOPS JUSTICE FOR CRIMES IN CONGO, SAYS LAWYER
    21.10.15
    JusticeInfo.Net

    In October 2010, the United Nations published its “mapping” report on crimes committed in the former Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This dense and detailed report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights looks at 617 of the most serious incidents in the DRC over a 10-year period. It gives details of massacres, sexual violence, attacks on children and other abuses committed by a host of armed groups, notably foreign soldiers, rebel groups and Congolese government forces. The report concludes that most of the crimes documented can be classified as crimes against humanity...

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    OUTCRY AS FRANCE DROPS CASE ON RWANDAN PRIEST ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE
    11.10.15
    Franck Petit, JusticeInfo.Net

    A French court has dismissed the case against Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, the first case opened in France on the Rwandan genocide under the principle of universal competence. The announcement on October 2 has caused an outcry. The case of Father Wenceslas, a Catholic priest who attracted media attention even during the genocide as thousands of Tutsi refugees sought refuge in his Sainte Famille parish in Kigali, is both historic and symbolic. Advocates for the priest, who is currently ministering in Gisors, northern France, have not hidden their satisfaction. Lawyer Florence Bourg says...

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    FRENCH PROSECUTORS WANT TO DROP CASE TRANSFERRED BY ICTR
    20.08.15
    JusticeInfo.Net with AFP

    After 20 years of investigations, Paris prosecutors said Wednesday they had asked for the case against a Rwandan Catholic priest accused of genocide to be thrown out.  The case of Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka was transferred to France by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Father Munyeshyaka, 57, came to France just after the 1994 genocide and is now ministering in a parish in northwest France. During the Rwandan genocide he was parish priest of Sainte-Famille church in Kigali. The priest has been under investigation in France since 1995 for genocide. He was convicted in...

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    ICC GOES “INTERACTIVE” FOR INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE DAY
    16.07.15
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.net

    Today is International Criminal Justice Day. According to the International Criminal Court (ICC), “17 July unites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims' rights, and help prevent crimes that threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world”. July 17 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, the first permanent court with jurisdiction to try “international crimes” (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity) committed anywhere in the world. World International Justice Day,...

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    Repentance in Rwanda as the Price for Freedom
    16.07.15
    Pierre Hazan, JusticeInfo.net Head of Project and associate professor at the University of Neuchâtel

    What was to be done with 120,000 suspected genocide perpetrators? That was the terrible question facing Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. Hence its introduction of village courts known as gacaca and policies of forgiveness. After Burundi last week, we this week continue our series on forgiveness with a look at the experience of Rwanda. Next week we will look at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. When Burundi’s parliamentarians passed a law in May 2014 to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, they were well aware of what had been happening in their northern...

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    Procedure Could Overturn Suspect Transfer to Rwanda
    14.07.15
    Emmanuel Sehene, Kigali, correspondent

    Should the transfer to Kigali of the first suspect from the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) be overturned? Procedures have been under way since May before the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) to answer this question. The decision handed down by this UN residual mechanism for the ICTR and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), is likely to set an important precedent. Since being sent back to his country three years ago, Pentecostal pastor Jean Uwinkindi has continued to complain of “constant violations” of his rights. But...

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    HISTORIC DECISIONS OF THE ICTR
    30.11.15
    Ephrem Rugiririza

    After 20 years, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is officially closing on December 1, although one Appeals decision on the so-called "Butare" case remains outstanding. It is expected on December 14. Below are some of its landmark decisions. •         September 2, 1998: first ICTR judgment This was the first judgment handed down by the ICTR, but also the first for genocide by an international court. Former mayor of Taba (central Rwanda) Jean-Paul Akayesu was sentenced to life in prison. In the judgment, it was recognized for the first time that rape could be a...

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    Mission Partly Accomplished for Rwanda Tribunal
    05.06.15
    Ephrem Rugiririza

    The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is set to close its doors this year after pronouncing judgment in its last Appeals trial. Whilst this UN body’s contribution to the fight against impunity is not in question, observers point to problems such as its failure to prosecute suspected crimes committed by one of the parties to the conflict, the absence of a reparation mechanism for victims, no UN mechanism to help find host countries for acquitted persons and nine accused who are still on the run. The ICTR was set up under UN Security Council Resolution 955, which gave it a...

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    Mixed View of Rwanda Tribunal as it Prepares to Close
    27.05.15
    Julia Crawford

    The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is set to close its doors this year after pronouncing judgment in its last Appeals trial. Whilst this UN body’s contribution to the fight against impunity is not in question, observers point to problems such as its failure to prosecute suspected crimes committed by one of the parties to the conflict, the absence of a reparation mechanism for victims, no UN mechanism to help find host countries for acquitted persons and nine accused who are still on the run. The ICTR was set up under UN Security Council Resolution 955, which gave it a mandate to hunt down and bring to justice those most responsible for “genocide and other serious...

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    Rape as a Weapon of War and the Search for Justice
    28.05.15
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.net

    “It’s truly alarming that in conflicts today there is such huge incidence of sexual violence against women, and that in fact they are targeted for rape, sexual violence, destruction of the other group,” says Navanethem Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former judge at both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and International Criminal Court. “It seems to be escalating in current conflicts. As we look at ISIS now in Iraq, there’s a huge incidence of women and girls being targeted for sexual violence, sexual slavery, forced marriages.” She says it is because...

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