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27 November 2001 by -

For almost a year, survivors have been protesting against the presence of genocidaires in the gacaca courts. The brief experience with these people's courts has proved them right: some judges are admitting their crimes and throwing in the towel. « As long as persons who were really involved in the genocide or suspected of having taken part in it continue to sit in the gacaca courts, the latter will have difficulty achieving its objectives.

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05 July 2004 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 8

Table of content:

  • Rwanda; Gacaca , take 2
  • France; Five Rwandan files kept on the back burner

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02 October 2001 by -

The election of gacaca judges called to try the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide will take place in Rwanda from 4 -7 October. The government and its various agencies are busy putting the final touches on the preparations. Rwanda : Preparations for the Election of « Gacaca » Judges

The Final Stretch

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17 December 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 80

Table of content:

  • Procès au Pérou: Premier revers judiciaire pour Fujimori
  • Rwanda: Le mystérieux tour de force des gacaca
  • Chambre spéciale de Sarajevo: Série “bilans” & Bosnie, la surchauffe du bon élève

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05 July 2004 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 8

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Rwanda; Les gacaca cherchent un second souffle

France; Cinq dossiers rwandais mis sous le boisseau

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09 October 2001 by -

Chantal Uwamariya is 42 years old. This woman has been elected as one of the « virtuous persons » called upon to try crimes of genocide in the Gacaca court for the Muhima sector, in the city of Kigali. She admits that she does not know anything about normal justice, and fears that she will not be up to her mission. Her story, like that of thousands of other survivors of the genocide, is poignant. Her husband, a Hutu, was killed by the interahamwe in 1994, as was her oldest daughter. Despite being a Tutsi, she managed to survive, but will not forget ...

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05 April 2004 by -

Rwanda is often simply seen as a moral lesson about the failure of humanitarian intervention to stop the 1994 genocide in which an estimated 800,000 Tutsi and Hutu democrats were slaughtered. But Rwanda also provides an instructive example of the limits of justice after mass atrocity.

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12 September 2005 by -

On 6 September, whilst his plane was in transit at Kigali airport, the Catholic missionary Guy Theunis who worked in Rwanda from 1970 to 1994, was arrested and taken into custody by the Rwandan authorities. The Rwandan prosecutor Emmanuel Rukangira told AFP that the 60-year-old priest was accused of "incitement to genocide and of genocide denial", particularly in the Christian publication Dialogue. However, in an interview with Flemish television, the Rwandan specialist Filip Reyntjens said: "From a legal point of view, I don't think the charges stand up.

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29 March 2005 by -

Nearly three years after the official launch of the gacaca, the community courts which were created to prosecute the majority of Rwanda's genocide suspects, the first trials opened on 10 March. Out of the approximately 10,000 local courts, less than 800 have reached the trial stage so far. Convictions were handed down on the first day. In January, Domitila Mukantangazwa, executive secretary of the national gacaca service, said that «over a million persons are expected to be tried by the gacaca courts».

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11 April 2008 by -

Key members of the former Rwandan regime who served the post-genocide government for nearly eleven years have been summoned before gacaca courts, which restarted hearings on 10 March. In addition to the prefect Boniface Rucagu *see IJT n° 22+, two well-known former officers of the Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) will have to answer charges in the local justice system. Marcel Gatsinzi was commander-in-chief of the FAR between 7 and 16 April, 1994.

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