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Rwanda Marks the 1994 Genocide: Is Never Again Possible?
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Fred K. Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda argues that the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide is a period of mourning for those lost as well as remembrance of the international community's failure to c....... [more]

UN SG expresses regret for inaction during Rwanda genocide
April 8, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday made a statement in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, expressing regret for the UN's silence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 people. Ban urged the international community to prevent such atrocities from occurring again and....... [more]

UN SG urges international community to protect human rights
April 2, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged global leaders Tuesday to commit to ensuring the protection of human rights and an end to mass atrocities. The Secretary-General spoke positively of progress that has been made in holding perpetrators of genocide accountable for their actions, especially with t....... [more]

HRW: progress has been made towards justice in Rwanda
March 30, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday that significant progress as been made in national and international courts to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The announcement was made in a briefing paper published to mark the twentieth anniversary of the genocide. HRW al....... [more]

Rwanda genocide convict announces intent to appeal
March 19, 2014
Defense counsel for former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal after a Paris court convicted him of genocide and crimes against humanity for his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After a six-week trial, in which Simbikangwa maintained his in....... [more]

France court delivers first-ever Rwanda genocide conviction
March 15, 2014
A Paris court on Friday convicted former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa of genocide and crimes against humanity for his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After a six-week trial, in which Simbikangwa maintained his innocence, the court delivered a sentence of 25 years in pr....... [more]

UN establishes inquiry into CAR rights abuses
March 10, 2014
The UN Security Council has established an International Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic (CAR), tasked with examining reports of human rights violations, compiling information, and helping identify perpetrators. Bernard Acho Muna, the chairperson of the three-person inquiry and....... [more]

France high court blocks extradition of Rwandan genocide suspect
February 27, 2014
The French Court of Cassation on Thursday blocked plans to extradite three men to stand trial in Rwanda for alleged crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The court overturned a November decision by the Court of Appeal of Paris to allow the extradition of Claude Muhayimana and Innocent....... [more]

Rwanda court opens trial of first genocide suspect transfered from ICTR
February 26, 2014
The trial of the first suspect to be transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to the Rwandan national court system began Wednesday. The Tanzanian-based UN tribunal transferred Jean Bosco Uwinkindi in April 2012 to stand trial for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide ....... [more]

Germany court sentences former Rwandan mayor for role in 1994 genocide
February 19, 2014
A court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday sentenced former Rwandan mayor Onesphore Rwabukombe,to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Rwabukombe was convicted of ordering the April 11, 1994, massacre of between 400 and 1200 ethnic Tutsis who had taken refuge from ethnic vio....... [more]

UN special court acquits two Rwanda officials in 1994 genocide
February 13, 2014
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday announced that Augustin Ndindiliyimana, the former chief of staff of the Rwandan parliamentary police, and Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye, the former commander of a military reconnaissance battalion, had been acquitted on appeal. In May....... [more]


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