International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - Adventures
 
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On February 15th I headed to Arusha to visit the U.N. to watch one of the Rwandan Genocide trials take place. They were prosecuting Mathieu Ngirumpatse who was president of the Mouvement républicain national pour la démocratie et le développement (MRND). According to the indictment, Mathieu Ngirumpatse and his co-accused exercised effective control over the Interahamwe, the youth wing of the MRND. Mathieu Ngirumpatse is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to genocide, rape and exterminations (crimes against humanity), murder and causing violence to health. was arrested in Mali, in 1998. His trial started on 19 September 2005.

It was fascinating to watch history in progress. It's very easy to visit the trails the International Criminal Tribunal website gives detailed accounts of all the trials that are taking place.

The International Criminal Tribunal for is an international court  established in November 1994 by the United Nations in order to judge people responsible for the Rwandan Genocide and other serious violations that occurred in 1994.It was expected that the trials would be complete by 2008 but it currently looks like it will be closer to 2012.

So far, the Tribunal has finished 50 trials and convicted 29 accused persons. Another 11 trials are in progress. 14 individuals are awaiting trial in detention; but the prosecutor intends to transfer 5 to national jurisdiction for trial. 13 others are still at large, some suspected to be dead.


5/19/2012 01:06:10

good post

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