June 18, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Rwandan community courts set up to hear genocide-related cases, known as gacaca courts officially concluded their 10-year operation on Monday. The gacaca process has been praised by the UN as demonstrating that national initiatives have a more direct and sustainable impact on the country and ...[read more]
June 2, 2011
by Erin Bock
Rwandan gacaca courts have carried out flawed trials for crimes committed during the country's 1994 genocide, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The gacaca courts were established by the Rwandan government in 2001 to reduce the caseload in the country's ...[read more]
March 26, 2010
by Patrice Collins
A Rwandan opposition politician pleaded guilty Thursday to charges connected to the 1994 genocide and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Joseph Ntawangundi, an aid to Hutu opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, was convicted in absentia in 2007, and originally sentenced to 19 years in ...[read more]
May 16, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
A senior official in a Rwanda human rights organization was arrested Wednesday in the capital of Kigali after being implicated by a local gacaca court in the 1994 genocide. The official, Francois-Xavier Byuma, is vice president of the board of the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defense of ...[read more]
January 22, 2007
by Holly Manges Jones
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Monday urged Rwandan judges and police to investigate and stop attacks on individuals administering or testifying in local tribunals known as Gacaca courts to bring those allegedly involved in the 1994 genocide to justice. In a report released by the rights watchdog ...[read more]
November 10, 2006
by Alexis Unkovic
A Rwandan community court convicted a Catholic nun of genocide charges Friday for assisting in the Hutumassacre of Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The nun, Theopister Mukakibibi, reportedly aided Hutu extremist groups and facilitated the slaughter of several hundred Tutsis who sought ...[read more]
November 8, 2005
by Christopher G. Anderson
The Rwandan government wants to send a Catholic priest back to his home of Belgium to face trial on genocide charges and asked its highest court on Tuesday for permission to do so. Catholic missionary Guy Theunis is accused of publishing extremist articles that incited Hutus to kill Tutsis ...[read more]
October 18, 2005
by Kate Heneroty
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the government of Burundi to recognize more than 3,000 Rwandan refugees as asylum seekers, allowing them to stay in the country. Since March, nearly 8,000 Rwandans, primarily Hutus, have fled their homes in fear of prosecution by grassroots ...[read more]
September 27, 2005
by Greg Sampson
Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht has formally asked that Guy Theunis, a Belgian priest, be brought to Belgium to face trial for his alleged role in the Rwandan genocide. Earlier this month, Theunis was the first foreigner to be brought before community gacaca courts for crimes relating to ...[read more]
September 14, 2005
by Jamie Sterling
Rwanda's community-based genocide courts have charged 14,885 of their own judges with genocide, according to the department in charge of managing the system. The Gacaca courts were created three years ago to accelerate genocide trial proceedings, and consists of judges who are referred to as ...[read more]

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