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UN court for Rwanda upholds sentences of ex-political leaders
September 29, 2014
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday affirmed the convictions of ex-interior minister Edouard Karemera and ex-National Party chairman Matthieu Ngirumpatse for their roles in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The former political party leaders were sentence....... [more]

UN court for Rwanda upholds sentence of ex-military chief
July 1, 2014
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday unanimously affirmed a 30-year jail sentence for former army chief Augustin Bizimungu for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bizimungu was found guilty in May 2011 on six counts of genocide and crimes against humanity for murder, e....... [more]

UN rights body warned Syria conflict threatens whole region
June 18, 2014
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to inv....... [more]

UN criminal tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia praised at Security Council meeting
June 6, 2014
Officials from the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia addressed the UN Security Council Thursday to discuss the work that has been achieved as the tribunals mark 20 years of existence in 2014 and begin the process of closing by the end of the year. The officials noted the cri....... [more]

Quebec appeals court upholds conviction of Rwandan war criminal
May 8, 2014
The Court of Appeal of Quebec on Wednesday upheld the conviction of Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May 2009 and sentenced the following October for seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes un....... [more]

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]




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