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Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] formally closed Thursday [UN News Centre report] after issuing 45 judgments. The ICTR, established in 1994, was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts against those guilty of committing genocide. Within its 21 years, the ICTR sentenced 61 extremists to terms … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] agents on Thursday announced the arrest [press release] of Rwandan genocide suspect, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a USD $5 million bounty [BBC report]. Ntaganzwa, who was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] for genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape and … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Rwandan Senate [official website] unanimously voted [press release] on Tuesday to allow President Paul Kagame [official website] to seek a third term in office. This vote is a step in the ongoing process to amend the 2003 Constitution [text, PDF] following a petition from the citizens. The Senate voted … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Rwanda's lower house of Parliament [official website] on Thursday voted to extend the term of President Paul Kagame [official website] beyond 2017, a move opposed by the UN and other aid providers. Already in his second term, Kagame may soon be provided an exception to the nation's constitutional rule … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday refused extradition requests for a Rwandan man facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Joseph Habyarimana allegedly incited the murder of monks when he worked in a monastery in 1994. Authorities accuse Habyarimana of identifying Tutsi monks to killers. The court … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Rwanda's Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a case challenging a change to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame [official website] to run for a third seven-year term. The effort to extend the term limit has sparked concern with neighboring African countries as well as the … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Two Rwandan police officers were sentenced [press release] Thursday to 20 years in jail for the murder of a Transparency International [advocacy website] anti-corruption activist. The motivation for the killing was to prevent Gustave Makonene from revealing the role the two men played in mineral smuggling across the Democratic … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Monday affirmed [judgment, PDF; press release] the convictions of ex-interior minister Edouard Karemera and ex-National Party chairman Matthieu Ngirumpatse for their roles in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [UNCHR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former political … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Monday unanimously affirmed a 30-year jail sentence [judgment summary, PDF; press release] for former army chief Augustin Bizimungu [BBC profile] for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [UNCHR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Bizimungu was found guilty [JURIST report] … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Officials from the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia addressed [press release; video] the UN Security Council Thursday to discuss the work that has been achieved as the tribunals mark 20 years of existence in 2014 and begin the process of closing by the end of … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Quebec [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in French] the conviction of Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza [Trial Watch profile] for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May 2009 and sentenced [JURIST reports] the following October for seven … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Apr 2014
by Fred Nkusi of Independent Institute of Law Adventists of Kigali
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred K. Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda argues that the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide is a period of mourning for those lost as well as remembrance of the international community's failure to comply with … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Monday made a statement in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, expressing regret [press release] for the UN's silence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder] that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 people. Ban urged [UN News Centre report] the international community to … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Friday that significant progress as been made [press release] in national and international courts to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder]. The announcement was made in a briefing paper [text, PDF] published to mark the twentieth … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] has established an International Commission of Inquiry [UN News Centre report] 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 a former … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Thursday blocked [decision, in French] plans to extradite three men to stand trial in Rwanda for alleged crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide [UN backgrounder]. The court overturned a November decision [JURIST report] by the Court of Appeal … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The trial of the first suspect to be transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] to the Rwandan national court system began Wednesday. The Tanzanian-based UN tribunal transferred [JURIST report] Jean Bosco Uwinkindi [ICTR indictment, PDF] in April 2012 to stand trial for his role … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday sentenced former Rwandan mayor Onesphore Rwabukombe,to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide [UN backgrounder]. Rwabukombe was convicted [DW report] of ordering the April 11, 1994, massacre of between 400 and 1200 ethnic Tutsis who had taken … [read more]

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