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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 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 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]

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]

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]

ICTR prosecutor urges UN sember states to assist in locating Rwanda fugitives
June 12, 2013
Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday reiterated the UN Security Council's request for member states to help bring to justice nine fugitives allegedly responsible for war crimes during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Jallow urged t....... [more]

Rwanda genocide tribunal sentenced ex-army officer to 15 years for incitement to genocide
February 11, 2013
On February 11, 2010, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced former Rwandan army officer Tharcisse Muvunyi to 15 years in prison for public incitement to genocide. Per the ICTR, Muvunyi received credit for the time he had served since his arrest in 2000. Muvunyi had been ori....... [more]

Rwanda genocide tribunal overturns two convictions
February 4, 2013
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday overturned the genocide convictions of former Rwandan ministers Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza after concluding that the trial chambers had erred in assessing key pieces of evidence. Mugenzi and Mugiraneza were arrested in 1999 a....... [more]

Rwanda genocide tribunal convicts former minister in final trial
December 20, 2012
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday convicted former Rwandan minister Augustin Ngirabatware, sentencing him to 35 years in prison and concluding the tribunal's final trial. Ngirabatware was found guilty on charges of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and rape as....... [more]

UN extends terms of Rwanda criminal tribunal justices
December 13, 2012
The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the term of office of five judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Justices Mehmet Guney of Turkey, Khalida Rachid Khan of Pakistan, Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar, Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov of t....... [more]

UN war crimes tribunals still face challenges: reports
December 6, 2012
Officials from the International Criminal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Wednesday told the UN Security Council that they are making progress in completing their work, but continue to face a number of challenges requiring additional supp....... [more]


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