11 June 2014 by Clive Muhenga, Arusha (Tanzania)

One of the direct consequences of the establishment of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), established to carry out the remaining tasks of the two ad hoc tribunals after their closure, is that those convicted in Arusha can now apply for early release after completing two-thirds of their sentence, just like those convicted in The Hague [IJT-158]. Previously, they had first to complete three-quarters of their jail term.

ICTR plaque
17 December 2014 by Clive Muhenga, Arusha (Tanzania)

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), officially closing at yearend, has contributed tremendously to the global fight against impunity. Over 20 years, it has issued 60 convictions and produced a treasure of jurisprudence. But it has not fulfilled its entire mandate, say analysts who point to a failure to prosecute former rebels of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the country’s leading party.