Rwanda condemns Burundi over Hutu refugees

[JURIST] Rwanda [JURIST news archive] has condemned Burundi for moving a group of Hutu refugees farther from the countries' common border. The Rwandan government said the Hutus were fugitives and Burundi's actions amount to granting them asylum status. About 2,000 refugees have fled across the border recently from local "gacaca" courts set up to try those accused of involvement in the 1994 genocide [BBC News backgrounder]. Many feared the local tribunals would be unfair. Trials in the local courts opened last month, and they are based on the traditional system in which a victim confronts their attacker before other villagers. BBC News has more.



 

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