Rwanda petitions ICJ over French arrest warrants for top officials

[JURIST] Rwanda petitioned the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Wednesday to resolve a dispute with France over an international arrest warrant [JURIST report] issued by France for three Rwandan officials last November, and a request forwarded to the UN Secretary-General that Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website] stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Rwanda cut diplomatic ties with France [JURIST report] over the requests in November. According to the ICJ press release [text], Rwanda has asked the ICJ to find that:

France "has violated, and is continuing to violate, international law with regard to international immunities generally and with regard to diplomatic immunities particularly", as well as "the sovereignty" of Rwanda, and that it is "under an obligation to annul such international arrest warrants forthwith". With respect to the request that President Kagame should stand trial at the ICTR, Rwanda asks the Court to find that France "has acted in breach of the obligation of each and every State to refrain from intervention in the affairs of other States" and "is under a duty to respect the sovereignty" of Rwanda.
France made the requests after a French judge issued a report on the 1994 downing of a plane carrying then President Juvenal Habyariman [Wikipedia profile], whose death triggered a genocide that killed over 800,000 people. BBC News has more.


 

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