Kigali, March 23, 2010 (FH) - The main organization of Rwandan genocide survivors Ibuka has brought the question of survivors' murders before both houses of the Rwandan parliament, Ibuka said on Tuesday.

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"We delivered our request on March 6," Ibuka President Théodore Simburudali told Hirondelle News Agency. "We are now waiting for concrete actions from the Parliament."

According to Ibuka,  twenty-six genocide survivors were murdered in 2009 in Rwanda. Nine women and several children are said to be among the victims, who were allegedly drowned, cut into pieces, beheaded or blown up by hand grenades.

Six other survivors escaped murder attempts.

According to Simburudali, many of those targeted had testified for the prosecution or sat as judges during Gacaca trials.

Threats against genocide survivors were top of the agenda at Ibuka's 11th Ordinary Congress in Kigali on March 21.

The Congress also discussed the outcome of the gacaca trials which are due to finish at the end of this month. The gacaca courts, adapted from a form of Rwandan traditional justice, are tasked with judging the majority of genocide cases. But according to Ibuka, there are still genocide suspects at large. Ibuka also highlighted that thousands of convicts assigned to public service work had escaped and were not serving their sentences.

Ibuka said it condemned "the acquittal of some notorious genocidaires; trials held to settle scores against survivors; failure to implement certain sentences linked to looting and destruction of property; as well as corruption of some Gacaca judges and of some witnesses, including survivors".

Sixteen years after the genocide, many survivors still have no home, no access to medical care and no school fees, according to Congress delegates. This is despite the existence of an Assistance Fund for Genocide Survivors (AFGS).

"The number of recipients increases every year instead of going down as non survivors have been managing to get registered on our lists," AFGS Secretary-General Ildephonse Niyonsenga told the Congress.


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