ICTR prisoners launch hunger strike to protest Rwanda case transfers James M Yoch Jr at 11:40 AM ET
[JURIST] Approximately 40 inmates in a Tanzania prison awaiting trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] began a hunger strike Monday to protest the planned transfer of three ICTR cases to the national courts of Rwanda. In September, the ICTR prosecutor asked the tribunal to transfer the cases so that the prosecution could be completed before the end of the ICTR's mandate in December 2008. The prisoners complained in a letter dated October 5 that the Rwandan government could not ensure fair trials and asked the UN to either extend the ICTR's mandate or transfer the cases to countries other than Rwanda [JURIST news archive].
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