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Kigali deems Catholic Church genocide apology “inadequate”
In a pastoral letter read out on November 20 in most Rwandan churches, the bishops of nine dioceses in the country asked forgiveness for all…
Kigali Tones Down Criticism as Rwanda Tribunal Closes
As the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) closes its doors, Kigali’s assessment of its work is less critical than in the past. The…
Bernard Munyagishari escorted by police in Kigali, Rwanda
In Rwanda, the surprising confessions of Bernard Munyagishari
The case of Bernard Munyagishari is unique among those transferred to Rwanda by the former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other foreign jurisdictions. Sentenced…
The unprotected life of a Rwanda Tribunal “protected witness”
In Rwanda, there are a thousand “protected witnesses” from the former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Among them, the feeling of abandonment often dominates. This…
ICC investigations in Burundi “will be difficult but not impossible”
Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) became effective in October 2017, after the Court had finished its preliminary examination on crimes committed since…
Rwanda: The gruesome plight of children during the Tutsi genocide
The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) launched on October 4 an online exhibition giving insight on how children were affected by the Rwandan genocide…
Week in Review: US strikes in Syria, while Rwanda remembers the genocide
International justice saw a new failure this week on Syria. The UN Security Council was unable to agree a Resolution after the “chemical weapons” massacre…
Rwandan genocide commemoration pays tribute to “upright” Hutus
On Friday April 7 Rwanda will be commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the genocide perpetrated against Tutsis in 1994. In the run-up to these commemorations…
Week in Review: Can we agree on History?
The way that history is written emerged as a focus of the transitional justice week, be it in Tunisia, Palestine, Israel or Rwanda. Transitional justice…
Rwandan State takes charge of genocide memorials
Maintaining and protecting sites where lie the victims is key to preserving the memory of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. Under a law…
Week in Review: A difficult path to truth and remembrance
This week showed some of the different faces of transitional justice. In Colombia, a new peace accord was finally ratified, whilst Tunisia continued public hearings…
Africa should help untie ICC hands, not pull out, says African expert
Cameroonian Hugo Moudiki Jombwe is a specialist in international criminal law and currently head of mission in Rwanda for Belgian NGO RCN (Réseau des Citoyens/Citizens Network) Justice and…
Extradited genocide suspects say Rwanda undermining their defence
Several genocide suspects have been extradited to Rwanda by third countries or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which closed its doors at the…
Week in Review: AU Silence on the ICC, and Debate on International Tribunals
The transitional justice week was marked by the African Union (AU) summit in Kigali, which had been expected to confirm the war between the continent…
African Union Summit Ends With No ICC Mention
There had been much speculation in advance that strained relations between some African leaders and the International Criminal Court (ICC) would be in the forefront…
Rwandans Still Talking about Landmark Mugesera Judgment
A week after academic Léon Mugesera was sentenced to life in jail, Rwandans are still talking about his inflammatory 1992 speech that incited genocide. His…
The “Life without Life” of Rwandan Children Born of Rape in Genocide
In Rwanda, children born of women who were raped during the 1994 genocide are often rejected by the community and receive no specific aid. Their…