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UN agency: Burundi violence driving thousands to flee
May 9, 2015
A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence that began las....... [more]

Burundi police arrest opposition leader for insurrection after meeting with African ministers
May 7, 2015
Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection, and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court rejects Charles Taylor's request for transfer to Rwanda prison
March 26, 2015
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his rights because of the essentially isolated condit....... [more]

Rwanda police officers jailed for killing anti-corruption activist
January 23, 2015
Two Rwandan police officers were sentenced Thursday to 20 years in jail for the murder of a Transparency International 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 Republ....... [more]

UN court for Rwanda upholds sentences of ex-political leaders
September 29, 2014
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday affirmed the convictions of ex-interior minister Edouard Karemera and ex-National Party chairman Matthieu Ngirumpatse for their roles in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The former political party leaders were sentence....... [more]

UN court for Rwanda upholds sentence of ex-military chief
July 1, 2014
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday unanimously affirmed a 30-year jail sentence for former army chief Augustin Bizimungu for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bizimungu was found guilty in May 2011 on six counts of genocide and crimes against humanity for murder, e....... [more]

UN rights body warned Syria conflict threatens whole region
June 18, 2014
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to inv....... [more]

UN criminal tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia praised at Security Council meeting
June 6, 2014
Officials from the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia addressed 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 the year. The officials noted the cri....... [more]

Quebec appeals court upholds conviction of Rwandan war criminal
May 8, 2014
The Court of Appeal of Quebec on Wednesday upheld the conviction of Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May 2009 and sentenced the following October for seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes un....... [more]

Rwanda Marks the 1994 Genocide: Is Never Again Possible?
April 16, 2014
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 c....... [more]

UN SG expresses regret for inaction during Rwanda genocide
April 8, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday made a statement in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, expressing regret for the UN's silence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 people. Ban urged the international community to prevent such atrocities from occurring again and....... [more]




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